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Become a Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN)

Become a Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN)

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Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) work under the direct supervision of RNs and physicians but are capable of performing most patient care tasks. These tasks include taking patients’ vital signs, temperature, blood pressure, and patient bathing. The only RN-specific tasks that LPNs are not able to do are to administer IVs, push pharmaceuticals, and hang the first unit of blood.

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    lzemo

    almost 6 years ago

    6 comments

    Rudy311....I definately would not dismiss your experience. I know LPN's who are just as good and professional as any RN. I wish LPN's could advance to RN after a few years by just testing or taking the NCLEX-RN. There are some very knowledgable LPN's out there. However my state and it's probably true with all is that you need 120 hours of clinical experience while schooling to become an RN from LPN, on-line or any other way.

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    Rudy311

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    My two cents:
    Yes there are few or none Lpn to Rn courses online. There should be more.
    Izemo suggested because LPN's need clinical experience,care to clarify?
    I am an LPN with 24 years experience primarily acute care.Because I don't have RN
    after my name don't dismiss my experience.

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    nurse_dee_2006

    almost 6 years ago

    50 comments

    LPN to RN school online: Excelsior I graduated from this school (now an online, except for the clinical portion).

    I do not know of ANY LPN online courses. ANA and NLN both require hands-on school with a clinical component. You cannot get those requirements online.

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    chrehovcik

    almost 6 years ago

    24 comments

    i agree with lzemo you need to be 100% focused and lots of moral support but good article

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    lzemo

    almost 6 years ago

    6 comments

    You will not find an LPN course on-line. There are just some things you can't convey on-line. You need clinical experience. You will find ADN RN to BSN because your already an RN. As you know probably aware LPN is usually one year. You will definately need support, i.e. live on husband or wifes income for that time period, live at parents home etc... It's a total committment and lifestyle change, if you can't do that it won't work for you, believe me I know and any nursing student will agree. It can be done I've seen many working mothers do it, but can't stress enough how hard it may be. I'm retired 22 year military guy and been through some tough situations and nursing school was right up there when it comes to stress....Good luck.

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    cinnabun

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    i have been a cna for 10 years and cannot seem to find an online program. its hard for a single parent to leave their job to go back to school. im yearning to be a LPN i have 7 months into the program and i just cant afford the classroom time can somebody help me please.

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    brookefleming

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I am a CNA also, and I would agree... We do deserve better pay just simply because of all the hard work we have to do... They expect a lot out of us and we see the patients more than most of the LPN's and RN's. I am in the process of going back to school to become an LPN but it's hard to come across the finances. I care about my job, that's why I do it for 9.25/ hour on nights... it's difficult sometimes because i drive forty five minutes to get to my job and i only make 9.25/hour... but in my eyes... it's a rewarding job... in this life and the next!!!

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    cherieb

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    This is cherieb again. By the way, I supervise a great group of CNA's. They are the hardest working people in the building and I'd be the first to say that they deserve a hundred thousand dollars a year for all backbreaking work that they do. That being said, CNA's are great and everything, all nursing staff deserve a hundred thousand a year.

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    cherieb

    about 6 years ago

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    I have been an LPN for eleven years, and it's the best job I'v ever had. The pay is decent, depending on where you live it is almost a livable wage. LPN's have to be "supervised" by a registered nurse, but for the most part, I run my own floor. An LPN can administer oral medications and IV meds, do wound care, physical assessments, consult with doctors and pharmaicsts on our patients behalf. We have to monitor patient condition and report changes directly to the MD and carry out orders. This job requires a lot of responsibility and acountability- in the nursing home setting, where doctors only see patients once a month or less than that, and the supervisory RN has her own floor with her own patients, the knowledge and experience of the LPN is the lifeline of the patient. I encourage all of you who want to do this job to do it. Finding an online school for LPN or 2-year RN or BSN will be hard, they probably dont exist. Check out the community colleges in your area AND private schools that advertise on TV will have good LPN courses. It only takes a year to become an LPN-You wont regret it!

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    nursecreative

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I first entered nursing as an CNA, I then took a class to become a CMA. I went to LPN school after that, and 3 years later ,I went back and got my Associates degree in nursing. I am now taking an online class through Phoenix University to complete my BSN. By the way.. LPN's can admisister most medications, though some states prohibit them from administering narcotics. Depends on the state you're in. In Ky LPN's can do just about anything RN's can do except push IV medications, and hang the first round of blood.

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    jsgabis1

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Please ! where are the online schools for L.P.N , lots of people want to make use of the online courses , I have been looking around and Cannot seem to find any --- it's about time someone offers this . Another issue is when are C.N.A's going to be paid more for the work they do , come on people ! the hospitals etc CANNOT Survive without C.N.A'S and they know it ! yet the salary is very small , depending in the state you live in ---- very UNFAIR __ anyone out there agree!!!!!!!!!!

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    jinxygirlicious

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a chiropractic assistant and passion is to become a RN or LPN. I've been searching for an online school to start so far no result.If anyone out there have any sources please share it with me.

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    Ms_Princess

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I USE TO WORK AS A CNA, BUT I DECIDED TO CHANGE MY OCCUPATION AND NOW I WORK AS A TEACHER ASSISTANT. BUT MY DREAM JOB IS TO BE A RN OR AN LPN OR MEDICAL ASSISTANT. BUT I DON'T WANT TO STOP WORKING. PLUS IT'S HARD TO WORK, GO TO SCHOOL, AND TAKE CARE OF MY 3 CHILDREN AND BROTHER. I'M INTERESTED IN ONLINE CLASSES MAINLY IN EITHER THE FIELD OF RN OR LPN. PLUS, I DON'T HAVE THE FUNDS TO GO TO SCHOOL. SO, I WOULD NEED ASSISTANCE IN PAYING FOR MY TUITION.

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    mashell4

    about 6 years ago

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    I am going to start my LPN classes in Sept. I have a question the above article states that LPN's are not able to push medicines. Is that true. I though as an LPN you could admister medications. I though I knew what an LPN's duties were but now I am confused. Can someone explain the duties to me?

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    michelle69

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a cna and I would like to know how I can get started in an online LPN program because I cannot afford to stop working at this time. If you could assist me with getting started in an online program as soon as possible It will really be appreciated. Thank You

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