Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Occupation Information table
Overview: Licensed practical nurses (LPN) or licensed vocational nurses (LVN) as called in TX and CA provide basic bedside care services to sick, injured, convalescing and disabled patients under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. They take vital signs, give medication and injections.
Duties: Under the direction of physicians and registered nurses, they take patients' vital signs--temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration. They may give prescribed medicine and injections.

They observe patient progress and report any reactions to medications or treatments. Some LPNs help deliver, care for and feed infants. Experienced LPNs may supervise nursing aides.

LPNs working in nursing homes help evaluate residents' needs, make care plans and supervise aides. They help patients with bathing, dressing, feed them and record their food & liquid intake.

In doctors' offices, clinics and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO's), they may make appointments and update patients medical records and prepare invoices by using a computer.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Nursing 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 14% or higher from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $27,000 to $32,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Additional Training/Education: All states require LPNs to complete a state approved practical nursing program and pass a licensing examination. LPN training programs are offered by technical institutes and community colleges, requiring about one year to complete and include both classroom study and clinical practice. Courses include anatomy, physiology, medical-surgical and psychiatric nursing, pediatrics, obstetrics and first-aid. LPN credits are usually transferable to colleges that offer registered nurse training.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.