The Advantages of a Licensed Practical Nurse Career

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The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology can open the door for you to start a career as an licensed practical nurse.. Here are some of the advantages of an LPN career, as outlined by topnursing.org:

  • An LPN spends less time in an educational program than a registered nurse. 

According to topnursing,org, an aspiring LPN student can complete their studies in one year, while it takes four years for a professional nursing degree.  This way, you can add work experience to your resume more quickly.

  • LPN jobs are expected to grow by 16 percent until 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The career of a licensed practical nurse is evergreen as people continue to grow older so there will always be demand for residential care facilities as well as environments designed for taking care of older patients.

  • As an LPN You Can Balance Between Work and Life.

LPNs have a flexible work routine so you can give attention to your family members, especially children,

Working a night shift means you can look after your kids during the day.  An LPN career also gives you some choice over your work environment—you can work in a hospital, physician’s office, or nursing home.

  • You’ll find variety in the work.

The routine of an LPN is not repetitive. One day you will be doing a check-up, taking vital signs, another day you will use your skills and knowledge in an emergency situation.

  • You will be appreciated.

The patients and their families recognize the hard work of an LPN and will often express their thanks. It’s a boost to your self-esteem when you know you are helping people and saving lives.

Being an LPN is a chance to form a selfless connection with strangers who can become an important part of your life.

  • The licensure examination for an LPN is relatively easy.

An RN earns a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing or an associate degree which extends to four years. An LPN is earning a certificate in practical nursing. Both professions require a license to practice but both sit for different exams.

An LPN takes an NCLEX-PN or a National Council Licensure Examination—Practical Nurse, which generally requires less critical thinking than an RN exam.

  • Options for further studies are open for an LPN.

You may work for a few years as an LPN to gain experience and decide you want to advance your skills and knowledge and pursue the role of an RN, with a subsequent increase in salary and responsibilities.

Find out more at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology about becoming an LPN, or exploring many of the other career paths the school has to offer.

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