How to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse

First, you must obtain a high school diploma or equivalent. You will then need to complete one to two years of vocational nursing training, which could be in a community college program. Some employers may require completion of a two-year associate degree program. You will then need to become licensed by passing the NCLEX-PN exam which is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

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What skills help Licensed Vocational Nurses find jobs?

  • Home Care
  • Medication Administration
  • Pediatrics Experience
  • EMR Systems
  • Hospice Care
  • Nursing
  • Vital Signs Experience
  • Workers' Compensation Law
  • Crisis Management
  • Tube Feeding
  • Catheterization
  • Acute Care
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Career progression for Licensed Vocational Nurse

Education levels for Licensed Vocational Nurses

Based on the requirements of Licensed Vocational Nurse job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High School Diploma or GED55.6%
Associate's Degree28.1%
Bachelor's Degree13.9%
Master's Degree2.1%
Doctoral Degree0.3%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0-4$44,800
4-8$46,100
8-12$47,100
12-16$47,700
16-20$47,700
20-24$46,800
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Common qualifications for Licensed Vocational Nurses

  • LVN
  • LPN
  • CPR Certification
  • IV Certification
  • Licensed Psychiatric Technician
  • BLS Certification
  • RN
  • AHA Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • Driver's License
  • CNA
  • ACLS Certification
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