Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

What Does A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Do?

Licensed practical nurse (LPN) and licensed vocational nurse (LVN) are two terms for the same position; different terms are used in different locations. LPNs and LVNs work under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs) and physicians, and they provide basic bedside care to patients.

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How Do I Become A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)?

An LPN/LVN program, which usually lasts a year, must be completed before someone can do this work. These programs contain a combination of classroom and hands-on experience.

What is the Average Salary For A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)?

High – 60,000
Median – 44,000
Low – 32,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)?

LPNs work in a variety of medical settings including hospitals, nursing care facilities, retirement communities, and in home healthcare. This work can be physically demanding because of the amount of time they spend on their feet and because they may be physically moving patients around or re-positioning them regularly.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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