LPN jobs are jobs for licensed practical nurses. A licensed practical nurse can do almost everything a registered nurse can do except administer IV fluids or medications. Many nursing homes, licensed health care facilities, and private medical clinics use LPN’s as essential members of their staff. LPN’s can take blood pressure, pulse, weigh patients, and chart that information. There are many LPN jobs for home health care workers, a fast growing field.
It takes about a year to a year and a half to become certified within LPN employment, and many of these classes can be taken online or at schools that offer them on weekends or evenings. LPN jobs require certification. The LPN will have to take and pass national boards to become licensed to practice. Depending on the type of LPN jobs, there will be some continuing education requirements.
The salary ranges for LPN jobs is not quite as high as it is for registered nurses, and it is more difficult to find jobs in hospitals as an LPN. At one time, LPN jobs in hospitals were common, but because of changes to hospital regulations, more of them are using registered nurses and CNA’s to provide the services that LPN’s did. However, the outlook for LPN jobs is excellent, as it is with all the nursing jobs in care homes, nursing home facilities, home care providers, and in medical clinics or doctor’s offices.
The national average salary for LPN jobs is about $37,000. This will vary depending on where you live and the type of nursing that you do. Starting LPN’s can expect to make $12 to $14 an hour, depending on where they live. Some cities and states have higher pay scales than others. Since people need care around the clock, you may have to work a night shift, weekends, or holidays. You may also have to be on call from time to time. Usually there is a shift differential pay scale that pays more for people working all but the day shift. Holiday pay is also usually at a higher hourly rate.
The employment benefits packages usually include health insurance, dental insurance, retirement plans, and some institutions may offer more benefits to their employees. Intangible benefits you receive working as an LPN are the rewards you get from taking care of patients, making people’s lives more comfortable and working with a group of people who are promoting the well being of others. The next step for getting as a LPN job is to sign up for a program so you can upgrade your skills. Upgrade your skills as an LPN