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How Does a CNA Become an LPN?

How Does a CNA Become an LPN?

While both Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are both required to work under the supervision of a doctor or registered nurse, LPNs are given greater responsibility and thereby receive higher salaries than their CNA counterparts. LPNs, referred to as Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) in California and Texas, make the natural “second step” between CNAs and RNs.

The LPN’s role is often that of a middle-manager. A self-starter who, by virtue of added experience, is able to prepare procedural rooms, and in some states set-up IVs and administer medication to patients. RNs often give LPNs added independence that CNAs do not have.

Salary Difference


On average, LPNs earn $40,000 per year. This is $13,000 more than the average CNA salary of $27,000.


What Additional Education is Necessary?


The training/education requirements vary from state to state. According to one NursingLink member who is making the switch, the state of California requires 51 months of experience in an acute hospital. Clinical specialty requirements include: 200 hours in pediatrics; 200 hours in genitourinary or maternity; 64 hours in Pharmacology; and 64 additional hours in one of these specialty areas.

Keep in mind that the method described above only refers to the requirements of one state. Please refer to your home state’s board of nursing for more specific information.


Where do LPNs Work?


Traditionally LPNs have worked in a wide variety of patient care settings. With the trend towards shorter and more affordable RN-focused programs, hospitals are now hiring less and less LPNs. Most new LPNs are working in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. These types of facilities are expected to witness strong job growth due to large increases in the over-65 population. This trend should compensate for the decline of LPN positions available in hospitals.


What Education Programs Are Available?


Most LPN/LVN programs are available at vocational and community colleges throughout the country. They vary in length depending on each state’s requirements, but on average these programs require two years of study. Prospective LPN/LVNs must also pass the national NCLEX-PN before they can begin working in a hospital setting. For additional information on specific LPN/LVN programs, please check out this page.


Sources


About.com, LPN/VN Career and Education Options


Nursing Degree Guide, Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)



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    charlita

    over 6 years ago

    2976 comments

    this is a very general overview regarding LPNs. LPNs do so much more than is listed here, practically everything a RN does but under a RNs or MDs guidance. My LPN program was 12 months with the only break at Christmas. It was through a hospital so we had alot of clinical experience.It was estremely difficult.There are many jobs a LPN can do besides work in a hospital- MD office, home health, asisted living, renal dialysis, triage nurse (over telephone) the list is endless. As far as salary-LPNs here in Va don't make much more than cuttie.(which is great pay for a CNA). LPNs are the stepping stone between RNs and CNAs and are a vital part of the medical community.

  • Demetrice_029

    cuttie

    about 7 years ago

    1042 comments

    I can make up to 18.00 a hr at my job, working at nights. And if you count over time, you can make up to that amount to 27,000 are more a year. I thnik LVN' can make that amout maybe in a homecare setting, are registry. By the way, I live in California.

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    Account Removed

    about 7 years ago

    Where in the world do you live that LPNs make 40,000.00 ayear? And CNAs make 27,000.00????
    Where???

  • Demetrice_029

    cuttie

    about 7 years ago

    1042 comments

    That's why i'm making the change. I just got a pay increase at my job. I am currently a CNA. I have 2 jobs. I cann't survive on a CNA salary. 8cents raise, whats that all about. It takes almost 20 dollars in gas driving back and forth to work. It's not worth the trouble.

  • Demetrice_029

    cuttie

    about 7 years ago

    1042 comments

    That's why i'm making the change. I just got a pay increase at my job. I am currently a CNA. I have 2 jobs. I cann't survive on a CNA salary. 8cents raise, whats that all about. It takes almost 20 dollars in gas driving back and forth to work. It's not worth the trouble.

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    vickielee1970

    about 7 years ago

    808 comments

    Salary Difference
    On average, LPNs earn $40,000 per year. This is $13,000 more than the average CNA salary of $27,000.

    A big enough difference to those of us who make less than $27,000 a year.

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    andrea22

    about 7 years ago

    4 comments

    i don't know, but why would you want to?

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    meals

    about 7 years ago

    22 comments

    Can a person with a BSN sit in on the NCLEX-PN?

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