A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) may work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a doctor. Similar to a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but one step further along in the nursing journey, an LPN may have the option to choose the setting in which he or she works--in a traditional hospital setting, in adult assisted living facilities, in private residences and more.
The training may be required to become an LPN is longer than that of a CNA, as one may need to complete a one-year vocational training program. LPN jobs may be a great option for someone who is a bit more sure he or she wants to enter the world of nursing.
Think of an LPN as a sort of nursing apprenticeship--you're in the heat of the action as any RN would be, but you're also shadowing RNs who may teach you what they have learned through on-the-job nursing training. Many LPNS may eventually enroll in specialized LPN-to-RN degree programs to accelerate their nursing career, as these online and on-campus nursing degree programs are a popular way to gradually work your way into a RN position. Check out the list of schools on Nursingdegrees that offer LPN training programs to receive more free information. The first step is finding out what your options are as an LPN--then go for it!
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