Just like CNA, LPN is a growing filed due to the increasing elderly population, among other factors. For many CNAs becoming an LPN is the next logical step towards becoming a registered nurse. For others the LPN position may be where they want to stay. The main advantage of LPN over RN is the fact that there is less schooling to be completed and you can still earn a great salary. According to the Burea of labor statistics website the median hourly wage for LPNs is around 20$/hour.
Training to become an LPN can be completed in as little as 1 year. The courses are offered at some community colleges and many technical colleges. Many nursing assistants who completed their CNA training online may be interested in online LPN training as opposed to on-site training. Due to the time constraints of working professionals looking to advance their careers (especially those in the medical field) completing as much of their training online as possible is invaluable.
Once LPN courses are completed you will be qualified to take the state exam known as the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-PN to become registered as a licensed practicing nurse in your state.
Being a registered LPN opens up a wide array of job opportunities because the need for this positions is in high demand and will be for years to come. The Bureau of Labor says job outlook for LPNs will increase at 22% between 2010 and 2020, which is 8% faster than average. The job opportunities of LPNs can vary greatly and include anything from positions in hospitals and other urgent care facilities to private care facilities. Being an LPN allows for the opportunity to travel the world because the services of these professionals are in high demand almost everywhere.
One of the best things about becoming a LPN is that if you decide to become an RN none of your schooling will have gone to waste. You simply enroll in a LPN to RN program which will allow you to earn your Rn with about 1 additional year of schooling.
Many online schools may feature LPN programs, nursing programs and other healthcare programs. Be sure to make sure that these schools accredited and that the certificate they offer is recognized by your states board of nursing.
Some programs may offer a fully online curriculum while other may be partially online and partially at local campus. Whether you’re a CNA or just somebody whose looking to start a new career, becoming a LPN offers great pay and job security all with a very short time spent training.