How to become an LPN
What are the job responsibilities for LPNs?
Some of the responsibilities for LPNs may include providing basic medical and nursing care, such as checking blood pressure and inserting catheters, helping patients bath and dress, reporting status of patients to RNs and the doctor.
What is the demand for LPN jobs?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment rate for LPNs is projected to grow 9 percent between 2020 and 2030. In 2020, 688,100 people were employed as LPNs in the United States. The need for LPNs as well as the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase as the baby-boomer population ages.
What’s a typical salary for an LPN?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $48,0701 in 2021. Some factors that may play a role in salary can include the employer, type of industry, location, and experience level.
How long does it take to become an LPN?
- LPN training programs typically take around one year.
- Jersey College offers a day PN program that is approximately 12-months long and an evening PN program that is approximately 18-months long.
Where do LPNs work?
LPN positions may be found in many different settings such as nursing homes and extended care facilities, physicians’ offices, schools, hospitals, and private homes.
What steps does one need to take to become an LPN?
1) Choose a nursing school with a practical nursing program
Once you have earned your high school diploma or GED, the first step is searching for a nursing school.
- Consider the following criteria when going on your search:
- Schedule Options
- Is the school accredited?
- What is the school’s PN NCLEX pass rate?
- Visit schools you are considering to see what the campus feels like first hand.
- Tour the campus to see what kind of student resources are offered
- Visit the Simulation Lab to see hands-on learning environments offered
Jersey College offers strong LPN programs at the following campuses with both Day and Evening options:
2) Take the entrance exam
Typically, LPN programs require an entrance exam in order for qualified students to enroll.
3) Enroll into Nursing School
To become a nursing student, prospective applicants must meet minimum requirements. See our Admissions page for more information.
4) Complete the LPN program
Students will learn about the ins and outs of providing patient care in various healthcare settings.
- Some colleges will provide NCLEX preparation built into curriculum
- Jersey College provides NCLEX preparation within their curriculum
5) Take the NCLEX exam
After graduating your PN program, you’ll need to take an NCLEX. The NCLEX exam is a licensing exam that will allow you to become an LPN once successfully completed.
- You cannot become an LPN without a license
6) Find an LPN job
After graduating and passing your NCLEX, start seeking positions and submitting your resume.
- Jersey College offers Career Services for students and alumni to prepare for careers in nursing
You could use connections you’ve made through clinicals and volunteer opportunities as a starting pointing for your job search.
Some of the top employers for LPNs include:
- Residential Care Facilities
- Physicians’ Offices
- Home Healthcare Services
Watch this video from a PN grad who shares her experience and has a message for anyone considering becoming a nurse!
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