Frequently Asked Questions
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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide hands-on healthcare in settings such as hospitals, doctors offices, homes and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes. Practical nurses work under the supervision of doctors and registered nurses as members of the health care team. The nursing field is well-suited to caring, responsible people who enjoy helping others, possess good interpersonal skills and enjoy working in a team-oriented atmosphere.
New York State requires that practical nurses complete an accredited nursing program lasting a minimum of nine (9) months. Programs are available at various educational institutions including two-year colleges and select high schools.
Nursing programs are available at a variety of schools. There are day, evening, full-time and part-time programs to fit virtually any schedule.
Expenses include tuition, books, uniforms and travel to school and clinical sites. In addition, you must have a physical exam and pay a moderate malpractice insurance fee. Prices vary according to schools, tuition ranges from $3,000 to $7,000. Individual schools can provide you with more exact costs for their programs.
No, you must apply to the State Board for Nursing and pass the NCLEXPN exam.
The LPN job market is currently quite good. Still, employment opportunities vary by geographic area. We suggest reviewing the classified ads in your local newspapers for a few weeks. This will allow you to get a sense of the job market in your local area.
Absolutely. There are many opportunities for LPNs to move up the education ladder to becoming an RN. Both associate’s degree (ADN) and bachelor’s degree (BSN) programs are widely available. Many even offer credit for your LPN education.
Yes. Simply check the licensing requirements for the state you plan to work it. Feel free to use this list of state boards of nursing as a reference.