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How to Become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Students enrolled in our practical nursing training program will receive the training they need to go on and earn their license after graduation.  Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) typically work in hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, home care settings, and physicians’ offices.

Practical nurses provide patients with everyday care such as feeding, cleaning, and administering medications. Their duties are similar to Nursing Assistants, but LPNs undergo more training to perform more nursing duties. Practical nurses are the ones who work directly with patients to administer medications, collect data, and take and record vital signs. Their duties may also include tasks such as sterilizing instruments and preparing oxygen supplies.

Good communication is an important feature of a practical nurse’s role. LPNs work as part of a healthcare team under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) and inform patients and their families about medical information. They may even educate family members on infection control and safety if they work in a home healthcare setting. Skilled practical nurses provide treatment planning with the help of an RN. They also handle medical administration records and paperwork.

Where Do Licensed Practical Nurses Work?

The Practical Nurse training program helps prepare students to work in many different healthcare settings. Places LPNs may work include:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Home care settings
  • Medical offices
  • Urgent care clinics

Professional Environment

Most LPNs work full-time in nursing and residential care facilities. LPN jobs require patience and compassion because working with ill and injured patients can be stressful. The job can also be physically demanding. You will be on your feet for most of the day, and you may have to help carry, lift, or assist patients with walking.

The professional environment can be rewarding, especially if you work in a long-term care facility, where you truly have the opportunity to get to know your patients. As an LPN, you may be required to do shift work during nights, holidays, or weekends. If you enjoy working with others in an active environment, then the Practical Nursing program at Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health may be the right career path for you.