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?

Average Salary Range
$25,000-$40,000

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?

Professional Associations:

National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses Inc.
111 W. Main Street
Suite 100
Garner, NC 27529
(919) 779-0046
www.nflpn.org

National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service
1940 Duke Street
Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 933-1003
www.napnes.org

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
Email: nursebd@dhp.virginia.gov

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