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Licensed Practical Nurse    
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are a vital part of the health care system and participate in a variety of different work settings. They perform duties that may include giving injections, taking vital signs, performing basic diagnostic tests, observing patients, dressing wounds, and administering medication. They also assist patients in daily living activities such as eating, dressing, exercising, and bathing. LPNs usually work under the supervision of registered nurses, physicians, and/or dentists. Additional training is available to allow LPNs to care for patients in specialized areas such as pediatrics, surgery/recovery, obstetrics, and psychiatry. Licensed practical nurses are often responsible for observing patients, recording their reactions to medications and treatments, and reporting the results to the registered nurse or physician in charge. Individuals interested in becoming a licensed practical nurse should be intelligent, tactful, caring, and possess sound judgment. These skills, along with good health and physical stamina, are very important in this line of work. LPNs should also have a sincere interest in people and be able to maintain good interpersonal relationships with them.

Work Environment:

Licensed Practical Nurses work in various health care facilities that include hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices, mental health institutions, private homes, community health clinics, and public health departments.

High School Preparation:

Individuals interested in a career as a licensed practical nurse should take high school courses in biology, chemistry, algebra, psychology, emergency medical technology, first aid, physical education, foods and nutrition, child growth and development, health occupations/medical professions, computer skills, English, geometry, and history.

College Requirements:

Students entering a practical nursing program must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. An applicant must complete an accredited program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for licensed practical nurses. Programs include classroom as well as supervised clinical practice in patient care. Individuals interested in becoming a licensed practical nurse should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

For educational institutions in Mississippi
offering this course of study click here.

Career Outlook:

Employment opportunities for licensed practical nurses are expected to be excellent in the years to come. There is an expected growth of 10%-20% through the year 2010 for this area of nursing. Nursing schools are graduating far more LPNs than they have in the past in order to keep up with the demand in the job market. As with most other professions, the need to replace current employees will continue to be the main source of job openings. The growing elderly population, which requires more care from trained personnel, and the general growth of health care will also cause this job market to expand. Another area of exceptional growth for LPNs will be in nursing homes. Long-term care of elderly patients will be an increasing concern to the nation's health care system.




Average Annual Salary
Salary Range
$24,300 to $37,600

Professional Organizations:

National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses
893 US Hwy 70 West, Suite 202
Garner, NC 27529
Phone: (919) 779-0046

American Hospital Association
Division of Nursing
840 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 422-3000

Mississippi LPN Association
607 Rosemary Drive
Gulfport, MS 39507
Phone: (601) 388-5778

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