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?

How much does a licensed practical nurse earn?

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:

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

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

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

Educational Institutions in Virginia for Licensed Practical Nurses: