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Licensed Practical Nurse: 2014 Job Outlook

Licensed Practical NurseEven 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. 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.

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by John Murphy (Google+ Profile)