After having graduated from nursing school and having sat the NCLEX exam, students can start applying to one of the many LPN jobs available in their state. Working as an LPN can be challenging but very rewarding – the level of responsibility is greater than that of a certified nursing assistant and the tasks are more complex.
The typical LPN job description includes the following duties:
-Administering medications to patients and monitoring the effects of these medicines
-Recording vital signs: height, weight, blood pressure, temperature, pulse
-Gathering patient information and updating the patient's records
-Maintaining communication with the patient, the patient's family and medical personnel
-Changing wound dressings and treating wounds
-Collecting patients' specimens
– Supervising nurse assistants (however, this tends to be reserved for senior LPNs)
It is also worth noting that duties vary according to the healthcare facility worked in. For example, LPN jobs which can be found in a physician's offices include the duties of making appointments and performing several clinical activities. In a home setting, LPNs may assist with day-to-day activities: bathing, dressing, feeding etc.
All of these duties are carried out under the supervision of either a doctor or an RN. While an LPN will typically perform all of these duties, the frequency of the duties performed will depend on whether a person works in a small private medical care facility or a large public hospital. An LPN may also be responsible for looking after a set number of patients or even an entire ward, although this will depend on the each healthcare facility.
LPN Jobs Salary
While an LPN salary is not as high as other positions in the field of nursing, such as registered nurses, the rewarding nature of the work and attractive benefits make an LPN an attractive proposition for a number of people looking to enter a career where they can make a difference to other peoples' lives.
The salary of an LPN varies based on experience and the location of the healthcare facility:
-Fresher: $ 20,000 – $ 40,000
1-4 Years: $ 22,000 – $ 47,000
5-9 Years: $ 24,000 – $ 50,000
10-19 Years: $ 27,000 – $ 57,000
20 Years +: 50,000>
Pennsylvania: $ 30,000 – $ 45,000
Ohio: $ 32,000 – $ 45,000
Florida: $ 31,000 – $ 46,000
Virginia: Up to $ 47,000
Georgia: Up to $ 49,000
Please note that the figures stated are approximate and are subject to change depending on changes in demand for LPN jobs in the healthcare industry.
After having searched for one of the many LPN jobs available and having worked as an LPN for a number of years, many find that they want to advance their career in order to earn a higher salary and to be given a higher level of responsibility. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, you should take a look at the information on LPN to RN which can be found on this website.