For the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
A Licensed Practical Nurse certificate can put you in the workforce in a relatively short period of time (about a one-year program) where you can begin earning a salary and gaining work experience. Nursing homes and long-term care facilities will offer the most new jobs for LPNs as the number of aged and disabled persons in need of long-term care rises. Employment opportunities will also experience growth at health care facilities removed from the traditional acute-care hospital setting, such as public health clinics, physician’s offices and outpatient surgery centers, as advances in technology enable procedures that once required a hospital setting will be performed at other locations.
LPNs act in a supportive role in patient care settings working under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. Your role as an LPN is to provide basic bedside care. You would be responsible for monitoring patients’ temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration. You would be able to provide a variety of treatments for various aliments, record patient information and help patients with their personal hygiene and emotional needs.
Experienced LPNs may supervise nursing assistants and nursing aides. Employment is usually available for all shifts but, depending on your place of employment, many times LPNs work evening or night shifts.