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Licensed practical nurses work under the direct supervision of registered nurses and doctors. An LPN may check a patient's vital signs, administer medication, give injections and provider other basic medical treatment. An LPN is a valuable part of any medical facility because she provides direct care to patients. To become an LPN, a person must enroll in nursing school.
Length of Schooling
Future LPNs typically attend a nursing program at an accredited college or career school. The program lasts for about one year. After completing a licensed practical nurse program, graduates must pass an examination called the NCLEX-PN. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing oversees this computerized exam. When a graduate passes this national exam, she can become a licensed practical nurse.
When a person enrolls in an LPN nursing program, she is required to complete a variety of courses related to nursing. Typical courses include anatomy and physiology, pediatrics, first aid, nutrition, psychiatric nursing and other basic medical courses. LPN students also receive experience in a clinical setting, usually in a hospital.
Places Where LPNs Work
An LPN can work in a variety of health-care settings. Some LPNs work in hospitals, while others may work in nursing homes. An LPN may also work in a doctor's office or visit patients confined to their homes. LPNs often work nights, weekends and holidays.
A person who wishes to become an LPN must have a deep love for people and a desire to help others. An LPN must exhibit kindness, in addition to competence and have the ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
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