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What does a Licensed Practical Nurse do?

A licensed practical nurse (LPN) works as an assistant to and under the supervision of both doctors and registered nurses (RNs). LPNs may work in hospitals, doctors' offices, long-term care facilities, or nursing homes.


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Working as a Licensed Practical Nurse

Licensed practical nurses have many responsibilities. These include:

  • Measuring vital signs and documenting them in patients' records
  • Communicating with other health professionals regarding patients' records
  • Administering medication and start IVs and catheters
  • Assisting doctors and nurses with patient care, including during procedures and exams
  • Helping patients with self-care
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How much does a Licensed Practical Nurse make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $33.22
Low $23.42
High $47.13
$8,062per year
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a licensed practical nurse is $33.22 per hour in the United States and $8,062 overtime per year.353.7k salaries reported, updated at June 8, 2023

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Common questions about for a Licensed Practical Nurse

How are licensed practical nurses (LPNs) different from certified nursing assistants (CNAs)?

Both licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are qualified to take vital signs, perform CPR and assist patients with daily self-care activities like bathing. Unlike LPNs, CNAs do not administer medication or assist in surgery and LPNs take a more extensive role in patient care.

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What is the typical length of a licensed practical nurse (LPN) shift?

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) typically work eight to twelve-hour shifts depending on their employer and work setting.

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Are licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in demand?

Yes, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are in high demand in the US. According to Indeed's Hiring Lab, LPNs are the fourth most searched job title by employers on Indeed.

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