Where do practical nurses work?
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide nursing care to patients with disabilities, chronic illnesses, injuries, and those who are elderly. They assist patients by checking their vitals, changing bandages, and recording and discussing a patient’s status and health plan with registered nurses or doctors. Practical nurses may also assist patients with basic care such as eating, bathing, or changing.
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, practical nursing jobs are expected to grow by 16 percent from 2014-2024. This is much faster than the average for all other jobs listed in the handbook.
Are you considering becoming a practical nurse? Now may be a great time to apply! Beforehand, you may want to learn about the type of environments in which you may work and the opportunities the career path offers.
Work environments for Practical Nurses
The Occupational Outlook Handbook lists the following industries employing the most practical nurses:
- Nursing and residential care facilities
- Doctors’ offices
- Home health services
Nursing care facilities are the largest employers of practical nurses, roughly 38% of all LPNs in the United States. These facilities include long-term nursing homes, restorative care units and centers, and rehabilitation centers. In these types of facilities, LPNs can assist patients in their rooms, bathrooms, dining areas, and exam rooms. You may have the opportunity to build strong and lasting relationships with your patients.
Practical nurses make up 17% of the working field in hospitals. In hospitals, LPNs provide care to patients at their bedsides or in exam rooms. They may also be required to lift or move patients if they are immobile or have trouble walking or standing on their own.
Most practical nurses work full-time, but part-time work is also available. As an LPN, you may be expected to work night shifts, on weekends, or on holidays since many of the healthcare facilities they work in need round-the-clock assistance. Sometimes they may also have to work shifts longer than 8 hours.
Salaries for Practical Nurse Jobs
Before you apply for a job as a practical nurse, research online to see what the typical salary is for an entry-level position in your area. Remember that salary often varies by geographic location, experience, and the facility in which you work.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook also offers a median annual wage for LPNs. This means that half of all LPNS made more than the average and the other half earned less than the average amount given.
If you think working as an LPN sounds like a desirable career path then consider applying to Salter Nursing’s Practical Nursing training program today! Our program is designed to help you develop the skills you need to become a successful practical nurse. Contact us at any time to learn more about our program or schedule a tour at our Manchester, NH campus. We look forward to hearing from you!