Facts to know about a Licensed Practical Nursing career!
Practical nurses are the backbone of patient care. They are needed to make the lives of patients easier. If you’re a compassionate person who enjoys comforting and providing direct care to patients in need, then becoming a practical nurse could be a great career choice. Before you enter practical nursing school, you may want to consider what the career is like in the real world.
Salter Nursing offers potential students the answers to six frequently asked questions about the LPN career path. This guide will help you consider if applying to a practical nurse training program is the right decision for you to make at this time.
Q #1: What do practical nurses do?
A: Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) provide every day care for patients under the direction of a registered nurse or doctor. Throughout the day they monitor patients’ health by checking vitals and maintaining patient records. They also provide basic care by helping patients change, bathe, and eat. They also provide emotional support to patients by discussing their concerns about their care and lifestyle habits. LPNs also change bandages, insert catheters, and report a patient’s health status to their superiors. LPNs keep an active eye on patients to make sure they are have the most emotional and physical support possible.
Q #2: Where do practical nurses work?
A: LPNs may work in a variety of settings. They can work in nursing and residential care facilities, hospitals, doctors’ offices, home healthcare services, and in government facilities. Nurses are on their feet for most of the day, so it’s important to wear comfortable sneakers.
Q #3: What are the typical hours for a practical nurse?
A: The work hours for Licensed practical nurses varies greatly. Their scheduled shifts may last eight hours or longer. Some LPNs may be scheduled for shifts during the day, while others may work night shifts. Some may work a combination of both work and night hours during a work week. If LPNs work in facilities that are open 24 hours a day, then they may be required to work during holidays or weekends.
Q #4: What is the job outlook like for practical nurse careers?
A: The Occupational Outlook Handbook offers a job outlook section for each career listed. According to the publication’s job outlook, LPN careers are projected to grow 16% from 2014-2024. This is much faster than the job growth rate for many other careers in the handbook.
Q #5: How much do Licensed Practical Nurses earn?
A: The wages for LPNs also varies by location, education, and the work facility where you work. The Occupational Outlook also includes a pay section that offers a median annual wage for this career path. The median annual wage is determined as the middle point where half of LPNs make higher than the wage and the other half makes lower than the wage given. You can get a better idea of what an entry-level position offers for LPNs in your area by searching on job listing sites like Monster, Indeed, or LinkedIn.
Q #6: Is being a LPN a fulfilling career path?
A: If you’d like the opportunity to make a difference in a patient’s life, then the practical nurse career path could be the right career option for you. You could gain satisfaction knowing you are helping ease the pain of patients who need you for everyday activities and to help manage their health plans. Plus, you can build your self-esteem knowing you are an important part of a healthcare team.
If working as a licensed practical nurse seems like a career you can be passionate about, then apply to Salter Nursing’s practical nurse training program today! You can enter an active field that helps maintain health and well-being of people in your community. What do you have to lose?
Salter Nursing also offers a Licensed Nursing Assistant and Patient Care Technician training program at its campus in Manchester, NH. For more information about our training programs, contact us today!