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?
Students intending to pursue a career as a licensed practical nurse should prepare by taking high school courses in science, math and English. To become a licensed practical nurse, students must complete an approved practical nursing program and pass the NCLEX-PN, a national licensure exam.
Where else can I learn about becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse?
National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses
3801 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607
National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service
2071 N Bechtle Avenue
Springfield, OH 45504-1583
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
9960 Mayland Drive
Henrico, VA 23233
Phone: (804) 367-4515