LPNs, or licensed practical nurses, provide basic medical care to patients under the direction of RNs and doctors. Typical duties for LPNs include monitoring patients’ health, providing for patients’ comfort, administering basic care, informing doctors and RNs of patients’ statuses, and keeping patient health records. Exact duties can vary by the type of workplace and the state in which they work.
LPN Education & Requirements
LPNs must complete a state-approved educational program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). Compassion, attention to detail, interpersonal skills, patience, organizational skills, and physical stamina are all important qualities for people who choose to work in LPN jobs.
LPN Jobs Outlook
Employment for LPNs is expected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — that is higher than the average for all occupations. This projected growth is based on the market’s demand, including the health needs of our large, aging population.
LPN Job Salary
Median annual salary for LPNs is $44,090, according to the BLS, and the type of facility employing the LPN will have an impact on the amount.