Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide routine nursing care for patients. They work
under the direction of registered nurses, or physicians.
Licensed practical nurses:
• take and record patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature.
• perform some diagnostic tests and treatments.
• assist patients with daily activities, such as feeding, bathing and exercising, which
may involve lifting and turning patients.
• observe patients and report any reactions to treatments or medications.
• care for patients ranging from newborns to adults, from labor and delivery
LPNs may work in hospitals, clinics, physicians offices, private homes, nursing homes
and other medical institutions.
Average Salary Range
$20,000 – $35,000
Students intending to pursue a career as a licensed practical nurse should prepare by taking high school courses in science, math
and English. Licensed practical nurses must complete approved practical nursing programs and pass a national examination for licensure.
National Federation of
Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc.
893 U.S. Highway 70 West, Suite 202
Garner, NC 27529