Licensed Practical Nurse
A licensed practical nurse (LPN) in much of the United States and most Canadian provinces is a nurse who cares for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the direction of registered nurses and physicians. In the U.S. states of California and Texas they are called licensed vocational nurse (LVN).
Equivalent professions outside the United States are "registered practical nurse" (RPNs) in the Canadian province of Ontario, "enrolled nurses" (ENs) or "Division 2 nurses" in Australia and New Zealand, and "state enrolled nurses" (SENs) in the United Kingdom.
A person can generally become an LPN with two years of training; all U.S state and territorial boards also require passage of the NCLEX-PN exam.
Salaries for Licensed Practical Nurses
According to the bureau of labor statistics 2012 report, the 2012 median pay for a licensed practical and licensed vocation nurse was $42k/year. The job growth in this area is expected to grow at a faster than average pace over the next 10 years.
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