Frequently asked questions

Common questions about being a Licensed Practical Nurse

How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a licensed practical nurse (LPN)?

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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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How long does it take to go from a licensed practical nursing (LPN) to a registered nurse (RN)?

Are licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in demand?

Can a licensed practical nurse (LPN) be a travel nurse?

How much do similar professions to licensed practical nurse get paid?

Are licensed practical nurses (LPNs) paid the least?

What are the highest paying states for licensed practical nurses (LPNs)?

Would it be necessary to bring nursing certificates to a licensed practical nurse (LPN) interview?

How long is a typical licensed practical nurse (LPN) program?

Is it better to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) before registered nurse (RN)?

What are the educational requirements for becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN)?

What are licensed practical nurses' (LPNs) job duties?

What are the advantages of being a licensed practical nurse (LPNP)?

Is being a licensed practical nurse (LPN) hard?

How can licensed practical nurses (LPNs) increase their salary?

Where can you work as a licensed practical nurse (LPN)?

Do licensed practical nurses (LPNs) get paid overtime?

Can licensed practical nurses (LPNs) get certifications?

What is the difference between a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and a registered nurse (RN) ?

Is being a licensed practical nurse (LPN) worth it?

Can licensed practical nurses (LPNs) take the NCLEX-PN test without attending any school or program?

Can licensed practical nurses (LPNs) get a degree online?

What qualities and skills should a licensed practical nurse (LPN) have?

What is the difference between licensed practical nurse (LPN) and licensed vocational nurse (LVN)?

What areas can licensed practical nurses (LPNs) specialize in?

Can a licensed practical nurse (LPN) do patient teaching?

Do licensed practical nurses (LPNs) have good employment benefits?