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5 Benefits of a Practical Nursing Career

practical nurseFind out if nursing school is right for you

Are you considering nursing school? There are many different paths that you can take if you are interested in the field of nursing. One of them is becoming a Practical Nurse. This is one of the faster training programs. Unlike becoming a Registered Nurse, you do not need an associate’s degree to be a Practical Nurse. In fact, your training can be completed in just about one year! Find out some of the reasons people choose this career.

LPN training is faster than RN training
Choosing what kind of nurse you want to become will depend on the level of training and responsibility you want. On one hand, jobs like Home Health Aide and Nursing Assistant are the most entry level and require just a few months of training. On the opposite end, becoming a Registered Nurse or a Nurse Practitioner requires many years of training. For many people, a happy medium is becoming a Practical Nurse. Many people choose this option because the training is quick (about one year) and provides you with substantial marketable skills.

Work-life balance
Achieving a good work-life balance is always a challenge, especially if you are raising young children. Nursing is one field that can allow you some degree of flexibility. Hospitals schedules often require nurses to work 12-hour shifts. While these shifts are long, they can free up another day of the week. For example, you might work three 12-hour shifts on three consecutive days, and then be off for the rest of the week. This type of schedule can be a plus if you don’t mind the long shifts.

Transferable skills
Practical nursing skills are transferable to many different work environments. Practical nurses may work in nursing homes, assisted living, long-term care, home care, hospice care, rehab clinics, hospitals, outpatient centers, or medical offices. This gives you a lot of options, depending on the kind of work environment you prefer.

Positive job outlook
“Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations,” says the Occupational Outlook Handbook. This kind of positive job growth prediction is another reason people are choosing this career field.

A career that makes you proud
Becoming a practical nurse will make you proud. You will have critical nursing skills that will make you feel valued not only in your workplace but also in your community. Nurses are everyday heroes who make life a little better for everyone around them!


The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health offers a Practical Nurse training program at our campus in Manchester, New Hampshire. Contact us for more info today!