Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
Licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses provide basic nursing care to patients in a variety of settings like nursing homes, hospitals and private homes, under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.
Their job duties include various responsibilities:
Monitor patients’ health by checking blood pressure, weight, etc.
Administer basic patient care like changing bandages and inserting catheters.
Provide for the basic comfort of patients who need help with tasks like bathing or dressing.
Discuss patient care with individuals and families and listen to their concerns.
Report patients’ status and concerns to supervising nurses and doctors.
Update patients’ health records.
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED and postsecondary nondegree award (certificate)
Job outlook (2014-24):
Growing much faster than average (16 percent projected growth)*
Apply to be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)