Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Jobs
You may have heard that openings for qualified medical professionals, particularly nurses, are expected to increase by 16% through the year 2024. This welcome statistic has encouraged many high school and college freshman to enter the field of healthcare, as well as those who are seeking to transition from other careers into the nursing profession. The qualifications, responsibilities, and education for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) jobs differs from that of Registered Nurses (RNs) also by state. For example, licensed practical nurse jobs in NYC will differ from those in other states.
The job responsibilities for an LPN are also different from an RN’s. They provide patients with basic medical and nursing care such as checking blood pressure, and inserting catheters. These nurses also ensure their patients’ comfort by assisting them to bathe, dress and will discuss their health care plans with their patients as well. Licensed Practical Nurses report to Registered Nurses and doctors and are called upon to report the current status of a patient with RNs and MDs alike.
To qualify as an LPN their education includes the completion of an accredited practical nursing program which usually takes a year of study. Such programs are offered at technical or community colleges. The coursework combines academics in nursing, biology, and pharmacology, as well as supervised clinical experience at a hospital or nursing facility. When they graduate from a state-approved program, LPNs receive a certificate in Practical Nursing. This is followed by a national licensing exam which they must pass to be considered for employment as an LPN.
Fast Track into the Nursing Profession
Many who enter the medical field seeking Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) jobs, will, over time, return to school and study to become a Registered Nurse. Becoming an LPN first requires less financial outlay, and provides an excellent overview of the profession. This professional route also allows nursing students to enter this profession sooner than if they followed the academic course of study to become an RN outright.
ATC Healthcare has openings for qualified and experienced LPNs. If you are a Licensed Practical Nurse and are seeking a new employment opportunity that provides the personal and professional growth you desire, please contact us for a personal interview today!