Even in a slumping economy those who are on their nursing degree journey or are about to graduate can rest assured that the field they have chosen to embark on is one that is solidified, secure and financially sound. The Licensed Practical Nurses Jobs Outlook is forecasting stellar possibilities for not only 2016, but well beyond.
Licensed Practical Nurses can plan on a career fraught with human interaction and care. Working under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, the degree program itself can be completed in as little as one year. Directly upon graduation, a LPN will need to take a state certified exam and pass before they are able to seek work in this profession.
Once licensed, an LPN can expect to perform such duties as monitoring patients overall health, including taking their blood pressure, changing dressings and bandages and keeping records of their progress or regressions. Depending on the state in which they are certified, tasks may vary as some states allow LPN’s more autonomy than others. LPS’s work in private homes, hospitals, clinics and other patient care facilities.
As of the census in 2010 a large percentage worked in their profession full-time, with only approximately one quarter working part-time or less. The schedule of an LPN can be daunting yet rewarding. Since most professionals work in clinical settings, nursing homes or hospitals, the care of patients is a 24 hour a day, year round responsibility and therefore many LPN’s are expected to work long shifts which include nights, weekends and holidays. This is especially true for newly graduated LPN’s as they begin at the lowest level of seniority and therefore cover shifts that those with seniority wish not to cover. But, the profession on the whole can be remarkably rewarding and caring for and ensuring the safety of others is a calling that is much needed and respected.
In 2010 the median or average pay for a newly graduated and licensed LPN was around $40,380. Almost half of the licensed graduates started their career earning approximately $19.42 per hour. The rate of pay will vary drastically depending upon the region the LPN works in which is also influenced by that area’s standard wages and cost of living.
When studied and recorded in 2010, half of the graduates earned the median wage of $40, 380 per year while the other half earned less. In other areas of the country where wages begin lower some earned $29,680; in contrast 10% of those graduated earned much higher than the expected and averaged median pay, earning as much as $56,010. The area in which one is employed will vastly dictate the earnings at the beginning of their career. The amount of hours worked will also influence this; as many LPN’s are expected to work longer than the standard 8 hour days, the opportunity to increase one’s annual salary is present and likely.
Between the year 2010 and 2020 it is predicted and expected that the field of LPN’s will increase by a minimum of 22%; of all the recorded jobs in the United States, those seeking a career in the nursing industry can steadfastly expect that there will be job security as medical care and those who will need it is assumed to increase greatly.
Concurrently within the years of 2010 and the next proceeding decade, it is predicted that a large number of medical professionals such as LPN’s and Registered Nurses will be retiring or reaching the retirement years, and therefore there will be an increased and grave need for new medical professionals, as the aging population also increases and will be needing care whether in home, at clinics, hospitals and nursing homes.
Additionally, as the medical field transforms and advances, many typical and much needed procedures that used to only be performed in hospital settings will now be performed in other facilities such as nursing homes and within in home care. For that reason, more LPN’s will be needed to take over the increased procedures, responsibilities and larger number of ailing patients. This is also fantastic news for those who will be seeking employment in the coming decade.
The medical professional field is one that is vast and there are other occupations that are similar to the LPN positions. Those include: nursing aides, occupational therapists and therapy assistants and many LPN’s choose those career paths as well. Additionally, many LPN’s later choose to go back to school to become Registered Nurses, which affords them more knowledge, the chance to increase their skills and responsibilities and to earn higher wages.
For more information on how to begin your academic career as a Licensed Practical Nurse, the overall projection of the job market and other valuable information visit http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.
In the state of New York, individuals who are interested in becoming LPNs, or Licensed Practical Nurses, must meet standard examination and education requirements, have a high school degree or high school degree equivalent, be at least seventeen years of age, and have good moral character. If you meet these requirements and intend to be a Licensed Practical Nurse in the state of New York, then an application must be filed for licensure.
In addition to the application for licensure, there are a variety of other small forms that must be completed, along with the payment of a fee. It is important to make sure that all appropriate forms, applications, and fees have been submitted. The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 139 (http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/article139.htm), Sections 6905 and 6906 of New York State Education Law and Part 64 (http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/part64.htm) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education 1. A complete list of forms, applications, and fees can be found at NYSED.gov.
In addition, to meet the professional education requirement for licensure as a licensed practical nurse, you must have completed high school or the equivalent, and present satisfactory evidence of either a) graduation from at least a nine-month program in practical nursing registered by the New York State Education Department as licensure qualifying or recognized as preparatory for practice as a licensed practical nurse by the licensing authority or appropriate governmental agency in the jurisdiction where the school is located; or b) complete of at least a nine-month program of study that is satisfactory to the New York State Education Department in a program conducted by the armed forces of the United States; or c) graduation from an approved program in general professional nursing 2.
According to the New York State Education Department, the current fee for licensure and first registration is $143 and the fee for a limited permit is $35. Fees can change at any time, so make sure to check beforehand. Before taking the required NCLEX examination, the $143 licensure and registration fee must be paid. For more information on the NCLEX examination and steps for registration, please visit NYSED.gov.
For nurses originally licensed in another state, you must provide verification of your licensure to the New York State Education Department. If you are licensed as a nurse in Nursys (www.nursys.com), you must request verification of your licensure from Nursys, not your original state. Form 3 must be used if you have any other professional licensure in states other than New York 3.
For more detailed information about LPN requirements in New York State, please visit NYSED.gov.
1 ,2, 3 New York State Department of Education, “NYS Nursing: License Requirements,” New York State Department of Education, accessed 9/26/2012. http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nursing.htm.
In a difficult economy, it can be pretty hard to find a job, or some way to make money. When you're looking for a nursing job, it can be even harder. There's not a lot of organizations out there hiring people from the greater public, without any experience in their particular field. Worse, job seekers often don't know how to go about finding such a job, often thinking it involves a different mindset than looking for regular, paid work. But in many ways, the tools you use to find a non-profit position are very similar to the ones you would use in any other situation. Here's some tips to help you search for, and find a job.
Like any other good job seeker, you should first make sure you know how to network with other professionals. While you may already be on Facebook or Twitter, the best place to network online is probably LinkedIn, because it's a social network made for professionals, for people looking for work or looking to hire. It's also a great place to join groups and pages dedicated to the field you're interested in. You can search for people also in the nursing field, and other professionals like you may give you tips on how to look for work.
Attend Trade Show Events
A second tip is to attend trade events or trade shows. These are typically organized by industry associations, and there's events in almost every single industry out there, it's just a matter of finding out about them. Here you can leverage your network of contacts, or simply go to the web sites of nursing organizations or associations in your field of interest.
Start Your Own Healthcare or Nursing Blog
If you've gone through all the external means to find work online, and you're now awaiting some responses, maybe you can take some time to start your own blog. By running a blog about your specific field, it shows that you have more than a passing interest in this subject. You blog about it, so you clearly know things about this topic, and you're interested in what happens in the world. Any potential employer who sees that will be more inclined to interview you.
Volunteer for Healthcare Events
The same is true for volunteering for healthcare events. You don't have to get a full time job to start working in this career path, you can simply go to local organizations and offer your services. This also shows your interest in the subject matter. Finally, once you have your feet wet, you can go join associations or trade groups, as a nursing professional, and again that may give you connections to people who may know of a way to hire you.
Whether you're looking for a job in a traditional company, or in the healthcare sector, the ways you go about finding such a job are fairly similar. It requires dedication, networking, and showing an interest in your work, so you get the attention of those who may hire you.
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