Guess Where LPNs Are Needed Now??

Hint... It has to do with the baby boomers again.

One of the growing careers is that of licensed practical nursing. If you opt for this career then you will become a licensed practical nurse or LPN. LPN's are attached to the healthcare department and are responsible for taking care of patients. It is a rewarding opportunity in terms of salary, and even emotionally. There has been an unprecedented growth in the demand for nurses not only in the US but worldwide as well. If you are the kind of person who loves to take care of people and has a positive attitude in life, then you fit the bill for licensed practical nursing. All you have to do is complete LPN training from an accredited institute or a vocational training institute.

As a licensed practical nurse, you will be assisted by other nurses in performing some of your duties. LPN has to work directly under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs), doctors and nurse managers. As an LPN, your responsibility is to read and note vitals signs, administer injections, take care of first aid dressing and bandages, and the overall monitoring of your patients. You will have to feed patients, collect samples of urine blood and stool and oversee that the hygiene is maintained. As a part of licensed practical nursing, you will get to choose the place of work like you can be associated with a hospital or private clinic. You can choose to work in an outpatient facility, home care, elderly care or a long-term care facility.

Although the market for LPN has declined in hospitals over the last few years but the silver lining on the cloud is that the demand has increased in long term care facilities. Another area of demand for licensed practical nursing is home healthcare. According to the 2002 U.S. Department of Labor statistics, the average or median income for a licensed practical nurse was $31,440. Depending on the geographic setting or the experience, the average salary in licensed practical nursing varied between $22,860 and $44,040. The higher the experience, the higher the salary!

According to a statute passed by the Alabama Legislature, licensed practical nursing will cover the following responsibilities:

1. They will promote and maintain health,

2. They will prevent illness and injury and

3. They will provide care utilizing standardized procedures and the nursing process, including administering medications and treatments, under the direction of a licensed professional nurse (RN) or a licensed or otherwise legally authorized physician or dentist.

This is mentioned in the Alabama Nurse Practice Act in Section 34-21-1 (3) (b)

Jenny Taylor