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Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
Quick Facts : Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses*
2010 Median Pay$40,380
Entry Level EducationPostsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012752,300
Job Outlook22% (Faster than average)
Employment Change168,500


Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (known as LPNs or LVNs, depending on the state in which they work) provide basic medical care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors. Experienced licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses oversee and direct other LPNs or LVNs and unlicensed medical staff.

What Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Do

  • Monitor patients' health?for example, by checking their blood pressure
  • Administer basic nursing care, including changing bandages and inserting catheters
  • Provide for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress
  • Discuss health care with patients and listen to their concerns
  • Report patients' status to registered nurses and doctors

Work Environment

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses work in many settings, including nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians' offices, and private homes. Most work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020 as the overall need for healthcare is expected to increase.
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Pay

The average salary of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $40,380 in May 2010.
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Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

40380

Healthcare Occupations

58203.2

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses*
Percent Change in Employment

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

22.398

Healthcare Occupations

25.417691284418105

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

LPNs and LVNs must complete an accredited program, which takes about 1 year. These programs are commonly in technical schools and community colleges. They may occasionally be in high schools and hospitals as well.
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