How to Become an LPN / LVN
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) are an integral part of healthcare teams everywhere. Being a nurse is not for everyone, but for those who choose to make it their career and passion the rewards are endless. If you are interested in becoming a practical nurse browse our selection of various guides on how to become an LPN. If you don’t know what an LPN does or are curious about where they can work and how much they make see our guides here.
The first consideration you must make when becoming an LPN is which school you will attend. This can be a difficult choice; there are many practical nursing programs throughout the country. When choosing a school, choose one which is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. One well-known accrediting agency is the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). [Until May 6, 2013, ACEN was known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).] Another reputable accrediting agency is the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). We provide information about the whole process, from choosing a school to paying for it, and what to do when accepted. See our section for guides on LPN school here.
Worried about paying for LPN school? Read our guide! We have information on the costs of LPN school, financial and otherwise. Ways to pay for LPN school and associated costs are also covered. Anyone new to federal student aid should check out the section on FAFSA Essentials for LPN students. See our guide about the real costs of your future LPN school program here.
Being accepted and admitted to nursing school is just the beginning of the process. Provided below are guides about what to expect during nursing school, how to prepare, and helpful topics like time management. In today’s society, many nursing students continue to work during nursing school. This requires self-discipline but it is certainly possible. We also offer lots of information about the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). This is the test all nurses have to pass to become licensed. Below is information on the testing process and how to prepare. There is also information on how to schedule and take the exam. After passing the NCLEX the new graduate must apply to and interview for jobs. See our guides for the LPN school experience and obtaining your license here.
Confused about how to write a resume? Perhaps anxious about the application process? Read our guide on LPN resumes and job applications here. It's full of helpful information. Writing a resume and filling out dozens of job applications can be daunting but we can help! See our LPN resume and job application overview here.
The interview process can be complicated and difficult, especially for new graduates. In our guide you can find help with the entire process. This involves assistance with everything from writing a resume and completing applications, to preparing for and acing an interview. See more LPN interview prep here.
Your career choice is one of the most important decisions you will make. Consider starting a career as a licensed practical nurse (or LPN). The schooling averages one year and the salary is good. Most importantly you make a difference is lives of your patients. Do you want to learn more about being an LPN? We will help you determine if being an LPN is right for you and we hope you agree….. This is a rewarding job! Read below to learn about the role, the salary, settings where the LPN can work, and the various specializations of LPN care.
Browse our detailed guide on financing LPN school. Find out how to cope with the costs of LPN school. From financial costs and fees to the emotional toll stress can take. We discuss in detail the various ways to pay for LPN school and how to obtain student aid.
While in LPN school you will attend classes to learn what you need to be an licensed practical nurse. In addition to classes you will complete clinical rotations where you care for patients under the supervision of your instructor. We know you have family and maybe even a job. How can you best be successful? We will offer you tips on how to study, stay focused, and manage your time while in school. You will learn about nursing care plans and also how to prepare for your clinical rotation days. You will learn more about the state LPN test and how to succeed.
Resumes and applications can be complicated and confusing. Our guide makes it simple. Learn how to write a resume that really represents you. Learn what needs included and what you can omit. We also offer tips for formatting resumes which can be tricky. Once you have a resume, it's time to start completing LPN job applications. Learn what information is needed and how to streamline the application process. Also learn the pros and cons of online applications in today's technological world.
The LPN interview guide you will find application and resume help and tips for a successful interview. We offer details about how to dress for success and how to prepare for the big interview. Commonly asked interview questions and answers are also provided.
There are many wonderful settings and areas of specialization that offer job opportunities for the new LPN. You will learn what to look for in an employer, what may be required for your job application, and how to “ace” your job interview. Enjoy your new role! You have worked hard and are ready to be an important member of the health care team!