Licensed Practical Nurses: 2013 Jobs Outlook

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 2012 Jobs Outlook is forecasting stellar possibilities for not only 2012, 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. 

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