LPN jobs (licensed practical nurses), take care of individuals that are unable to care for themselves under the close direction of physicians and registered nurses. Giving basic bedside care, measuring and keeping track of their patient's vital signs are all within the scope of an lpn's function. Working a standard 40 hour work week if employed in hospitals or nursing care facilities, LPN nursing jobs can also be required to fulfill a patients needs around the clock including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
Training programs offered by technical schools, community or junior colleges typically last around one year but employers require individuals to be licensed to practice by also passing an examination. The examination, NCLEX-PN, requires at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. In 2006, there were 1,500 state approved training programs in practical nursing that involve both clinical study and supervised clinical practice.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that there is a projected increase in licensed practical nurse jobs during 2006 to 2016 at a rate of 14 percent which will be faster than the national average for all occupations. This demand for employment will be due to the increasing elderly population and the general demand for health care services. Lpn employment is expected to grow faster than average in home health care services and nursing care facilities. Observant individuals with great interpersonal communication and team work skills seeking employment as an LPN nurse will have great job opportunities.
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