The nursing title of Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurse is a growing profession. These nurses work under the supervision of the Physician and the Registered Nurse to carry out doctor’s orders and provide patient care. Depending on the states Scope of Practice for these nurses their duties range from; passing medications, transcribing doctor’s orders, wound care, some simple procedures and monitoring patients for changes in condition. They also may work in physician offices.
Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurses work both in hospitals, physician offices and home health care. Their duties may include the following:
Taking anywhere from 3 to 10 patients and managing their daily care
Following doctor’s orders and administering treatments
Bathing and Dressing
Administer oxygen, breathing treatments and suctioning if necessary
Communication with doctors, families and other providers
Charting and Documentation
Reporting patient changes to Registered Nurse
Start Intravenous Lines and Giving Fluids or Blood Products
How to become a Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurse
In order to become a Licensed Vocation/Practical Nurse, you will first need to get your high school diploma or GED. In high school you should focus on chemistry, biology and anatomy. You can choose a few different routes for this nursing license. You can attend a private or community college that is accredited for nursing education. These programs can take about 2 years to complete with 1 year of general education and 1 year of focused nursing school. You can also choose one of the many adult education programs that allow you to take an entrance examination showing proficiency in the basic requirements and start the nursing program right away. These programs take from 14 to 18 months. You will need to fulfill a certain amount of classroom requirements and clinical hours to graduate. Once you receive your diploma, you will be allowed to sit for the state board examinations.
Here is a helpful website to give you more information on education and requirements for becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse.
In order to receive a License as a Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurse you will need to complete the required hours of school and sit for the NCLEX-VN/PN exam. The NCLEX is administered by an independent testing facility where you submit your information and pay them for testing. Most often, testing is held by Pearson Vue. Take a look at their website for more detailed testing requirements. This requirements tend to vary from state to state. You will also be required to have CPR certification that is approved by the American Heart Association.
Job Outlook and Opportunities
Employment growth for Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurses is expected to increase 25% between the years of 2011 and 2022. This is a faster than average rate of job growth. Healthcare is always in need of more nurses and opportunities are plentiful out there.
The average annual pay of a Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurse is $41, 540 per year and around $19.97 per hour.
Number of Jobs, 2012
Employment Growth from 2012 -2022
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