• Practical Nursing Career Pathways

    What is an LPN?

    A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a member of the medical profession that provides care of patients in a variety of settings while under the supervision of registered nurses or doctors.

    The LPN’s scope of practice is governed by the State Board of Nursing for which they are licensed.  The LPN focuses on the physical nursing care and patient interaction.

    What are the career paths for an LPN?

     LPN 

    • will complete an approximately one-year program depending on the school followed by successfully passing the State Board of Nursing National Licensure Exam.  You will find LPN’s working in a variety of settings including: nursing homes, skilled care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, home health care settings, medical office settings, schools, and a variety of community settings.

    Typical career paths to follow after becoming an LPN include:

    RN (Registered Nurse)

    • will complete an associate (ASN) or bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) which allows the nurse to have more autonomy and critical decision making followed by successfully passing the State Board of Nursing National Licensure Exam.  RN’s work in a variety of settings but most often the RN will work in the hospital setting.  An RN with a Bachelors degree can provide more career opportunities to which include teaching, research, and administrative positions.

    MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) or Advanced Practice RN 

    • typically these programs are approximately two years in duration, completed after completion of a BSN and focus on a specific area (nursing administration, clinical nurse leader, nurse practitioner or clinical nurse educator).

     

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