A nursing career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) enables you to make a real difference to patients' lives without needing years of nursing training. You will need to be a kind, patient, compassionate person who is good with people.
LPNs are responsible for most of the day to day nursing of hospital patients. They are responsible for the comfort and welfare of patients, taking temperatures, changing dressings and assisting registered nurses. This type of nursing involves monitoring the patient regularly, washing and bathing them when necessary, reporting to doctors and generally providing a smiling face.
Diplomas in licensed practical nursing take about a year. This will combine practical nursing in a medical setting with the medical knowledge you will need. Subjects covered in licensed practical nursing diplomas include anatomy, psychology and the simple medical procedures you will undertake in this nursing career. The rest of your time will be spent with patients in a hospital, clinic, nursing home or surgery.
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) earn a good salary, with the opportunity for further training if you decide to progress your career in nursing. General prospects for LPNs are good, as more and more US citizens get older and require nursing care from LPNs in a variety of settings.