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Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Licensed practical and vocational nurses use stethoscopes to listen to patients’ hearts.

Licensed practical and vocational nurses use stethoscopes to listen to patients’ hearts.

Quick Facts:
2010 Median Pay $40,380 per year
$19.42 per hour
Entry-Level Education Postsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2010 752,300
Job Outlook, 2010-20 22% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2010-20 168,500

What Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Do

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (known as LPNs or LVNs, depending on the state in which they work) provide basic nursing care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.

Work Environment

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses work in many settings, including nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and private homes. Most work full time.

How to Become a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses must complete a state-approved educational program, which usually takes 1 year. They also must pass an exam and get a license before they can work.

Pay

The median annual wage of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $40,380 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

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