Licensed Practical Nurse

What does a Licensed Practical Nurse do?

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide routine nursing care for patients. They work under the direction of registered nurses or physicians.

What might a Licensed Practical Nurse do in a workday?

Licensed practical nurses:

  • take and record patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature.
  • perform some diagnostic tests and treatments.
  • assist patients with daily activities, such as feeding, bathing and exercising, which may involve lifting and turning patients.
  • observe patients and report any reactions to treatments or medications.
  • care for patients ranging from newborns to adults, from labor and delivery to postmortem.

Develop a Career as a Licensed Practical Nurse

LPNs may work in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, private homes, nursing homes and other medical institutions.

How much salary do Licensed Practical Nurses make?

Annual Mean Wage

How do I become a Licensed Practical Nurse?

National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses
3801 Lake Boone Trail
Suite 190
Raleigh, NC 27607

(919) 779-0046

National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service
2071 N Bechtle Avenue
PMB 307
Springfield, OH 45504-1583

(703) 933-1003

Virginia License Practical Nurse Association
3205 Fendall Avenue
Richmond, VA 23222

(804) 321-8060

State Licensure Requirements for Licensed Practical Nurses

A license is required to practice as a licensed practical nurse in the state of Virginia. For more information on licensure, applications and forms, visit www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing.

Virginia Board of Nursing
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233

Phone: (804) 367-4515
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