How to Become an LPN

A career in nursing is satisfying, rewarding and much needed in the healthcare profession. Becoming an LPN takes approximately one year of study and hands on experience. This is a good route to travel if you do not want to spend more than that amount of time studying for a career. You will be able to work as an LPN or licensed practical nurse and be making money in a relatively short amount of time. If you wish to further your education this option is usually available through most healthcare facilities with the aide of tuition reimbursement.

To become an LPN you need to possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. An interest in health science and compassion for people are generally what is needed to become a good LPN. Once you have received your high school diploma or its equivalent you would need to enter into a program of study for licensed practical nursing. There are several school and hospitals that offer this particular type of training. Financial assistance may be available if needed.

A licensed practical nurse works under the direction of a registered nurse or RN and the physician. The LPN assesses a patient's condition by observing any signs or symptoms of disease or sickness. The licensed practical nurse may give medications, including injections. The LPN may also take the vital signs of a patient; help the patient in their personal hygiene grooming and other activities of daily living. The LPN will review and document any pertinent healthcare findings. The collection of laboratory samples may be carried out by a licensed practical nurse. An LPN may be involved with a variety of patient and family member teaching tasks regarding disease. A licensed practical nurse also supervises the nursing assistants.


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A licensed practical nurse needs to be dependable and caring. The LPN must be observant, noticing all of the little details that might be overlooked by some. Since nursing can be a somewhat physically and mentally challenging profession the LPN should be in good physical condition and be able to handle stressful and emergency situations calmly. Good communication is also necessary in the LPN field, as you will be interacting a great deal in this line of profession.

Since each state is different in regards to their nursing profession and employment requirements you will need to find out exactly what your state mandates for their licensing. You will need to be sure that the LPN school that you attend is accredited and recognized. When you finish your LPN schooling you will be required to take the state board test and pass the licensing exam for licensed practical nursing (do not forget to include them in your LPN nurse resume). There will be fees for testing as well.

Once you have become an LPN you may work in a hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility, schools and various other types of facilities. An LPN is also eligible to work in the military in the field of nursing, as well as become a travel nurse. The opportunities are abundant in this very rewarding profession.