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In addition to providing basic bedside care, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) may also give injections and medications. They change dressings, evaluate patient needs, implement care plans, and supervise nursing assistants. In an office setting, they may make appointments and keep patient records. In a home setting, under the supervision of physicians and/or registered nurses. LPNs instruct family members in nursing care.
Most LPNs are employed by nursing homes and home care agencies. They work a 40-hour week. They may work 8-,10-, or 12-hour shifts, including rotating weekends and holidays. LPNs may work day, evening or nighttime hours as assigned.
Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 25 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. LPNs and LVNs will be needed in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for geriatric patients.
Completion of an accredited practical nursing program usually takes between 12 and 18 months. LPNs may continue education in nursing to become Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Nurses.
Licensure is required in the state of Connecticut. Prerequisite: Connecticut requires successful completion of the Practical Nurse program. Graduates will take a computerized state Practical Nurse examination.
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses
111 West Main Street #100
Garner, NC 27529
National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc.
1940 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
National League for Nursing
The Watergate, 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20037