What does a licensed practical nurse do?

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide routine nursing care for patients. They work under the direction of registered nurses or physicians.

What might a licensed practical nurse do in a workday?

  • take and record patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature.
  • perform some diagnostic tests and treatments.
  • assist patients with daily activities, such as feeding, bathing, and exercising, which may involve lifting and turning patients.
  • observe patients and report any reactions to treatments or medications.
  • care for patients ranging from newborns to adults, to labor and delivery, and to postmortem.

How much does a licensed practical nurse earn?

  • $25,000 - $40,000

How do I become a licensed practical nurse?

Students intending to pursue a career as a licensed practical nurse should prepare by taking high school courses in science, math and English. To become a licensed practical nurse, students must complete an approved practical nursing program and pass the NCLEX-PN, a national licensure exam.

Where else can I learn about becoming a licensed practical nurse?

National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses Inc.
111 W. Main Street, Suite 100 / Garner, NC 27529
tel:  (919) 779-0046 / web:  www.nflpn.org

National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service
1940 Duke Street, Suite 200 / Alexandria, VA 22314
tel:  (703) 933-1003 / www.napnes.org

State Licensure Requirements for Licensed Professional Nurses:

A license is required to practice as a licensed practical nurse in the state of Virginia. For more information on licensure, applications and forms, visit www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing.

Virginia Board of Nursing
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 / Henrico, VA  23233
Phone: (804) 367-4515 / Email: nursebd@dhp.virginia.gov

Educational Institutions in Virginia for Licensed Practical Nurses: