Licensed Practical Nurse

Overview

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are an important part of the patient care team. They provide basic bedside care to the sick and injured, such as checking vital signs, preparing and giving injections, applying dressings to wounds and administering medicines. LPNs also observe patients and record their reactions to treatments.

Work Environment

LPNs work under the direction of a physician or registered nurse. They can work in a variety of healthcare facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ offices and public health departments. LPNs work a 40-hour week with shifts around the clock because patients need care during all hours. Experienced practical nurses can supervise nursing assistants and aides.

Preparation

Training

The majority of Iowa community colleges offer practical nursing programs. They require one year of study and result in a diploma.

Schools

Licensure and Certification

Upon completion of an accredited program, graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination to receive a license to practice in Iowa.

Education

Locations

Career Outlook Map of Iowa

The outlook is good for licensed practical nurses. Statewide, the average growth rate is 19%, but the demand is higher near the metropolitan areas.

VIEW THE STATS

EDUCATION
1 yr

SALARY
38k

PATIENT INTERACTION
High

BLOOD EXPOSURE
High

JOB GROWTH
19%


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