Licensed Practical Nurse

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN):

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) (in California and Texas), or registered practical nurses (RPNs) (in Ontario, Canada). It does take about 9-12 months to become LPN, usually no degree earned, many just have a certificate and not a degree, trained to take vital signs, i.e., height, weight, blood pressure, temperature, respiration, and pulse. pass certain medications, can do certain skills like treating bed sores and other wounds / dressing changes, etc.

What is the difference between an LPN and a RN?
RN is registered nurse, it takes 3-4 years to get a degree. Basically RNs have more responsibility than LPNs, LPNs can't do the more advanced treatments that RNs can. and RNs get paid more than LPNs, LPN generally starts at about $18/hr and up and the RN is usually $23/hr and up.

LPN Jobs:

LPNs and LVNs care for ill, disabled persons, convalescent, or injured in hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, private homes, dental offices, mental health institutions, community health clinics, and public health departments. The nurses collect samples for testing, perform routine laboratory tests, feed patients, and record food and fluid intake and output. Some LPNs help care for infants. May work under the supervision of a RN, registered nurse.

LPN Salary:

Salaries for LPN vary depending on the type of facility you work at and the state of the country you work. Average Annual Salary: $34,000 (ALL US, Nationwide Averages), Salary Range: $32,000 to $40,000.

Median Hourly Rate by Years Experience:
>1 year: $15.95, 1-4 years: $17.25, 5-9 years: $19.76, >10years: $19.85
LPN Salaries by State:
StateHourly RateAnnual
Alabama$13.82$28760
Alaska$18.01$37990
Arizona$16.60$34920
Arkansas$13.52$28140
California$18.84$39570
Colorado$17.27$35990
Connecticut$22.58$46890
Delaware$19.89$41460
District of Columbia$21.85$45450
Florida$19.03$39520
Georgia$14.91$24940
Hawaii$17.35$32590
Idaho$15.50$32160
Illinois$16.90$35010
Indiana$15.89$33020
Iowa$14.66$29890
Kansas$14.71$29870
Kentucky$15.19$31250
Louisiana$13.68$28120
Maine$15.05$31090
Maryland$19.55$40600
Massachusetts$22.80$48180
Michigan$17.11$37100
Mississippi$13.01$27280
Missouri$14.58$30280
Montana$13.54$28120
Nebraska$14.77$30610
StateHourly RateAnnual
Nevada$18.02$37480
New Hampshire$16.72$34850
New Jersey$19.98$41240
New Mexico$15.86$32890
New York$16.78$34380
North Carolina$15.72$32830
North Dakota$13.87$27900
Ohio$16.28$33860
Oklahoma$13.67$27880
Oregon$17.27$35900
Pennsylvania$16.91$34950
Rhode Island$20.21$43460
South Carolina$16.81$34240
South Dakota$13.02$27470
Tennessee$14.49$29810
Texas$16.18$34830
Utah$15.18$31330
Vermont$15.02$31440
Virginia$15.66$31990
Washington$17.92$35680
West Virginia$12.93$26050
Wisconsin$16.78$34120
Wyoming$15.04$32580
Guam$18.89$39230
Puerto Rico$7.68$16160
Virgin Islands$12.11$25170
(Currency: USD)
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