LPN - Practical Nursing Schools
Those interested in a nursing career can begin their educational path with licensed practical nurse (LPN) nursing schools. LPN schools can help aspiring nurses learn the skills and knowledge necessary to provide high quality patient care. The LPN program can also play an integral part in preparing students to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse(NCLEX-PN), the test required to receive a license to practice nursing.
LPN certificate programs include the basic courses nurses will use for the rest of their careers. Anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, gerontology, family nursing, psychology and medical terminology are just some of the courses typically included in an LPN program. Entry into the programs can be competitive, so it helps to have a high grade point average, high test scores and a willingness to learn.
Those who wish to expand their career horizons even further could embark on other LPN programs, such as the LPN associate degree, the LPN to Registered Nurse (RN) bridge program, or the LPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Many of these programs are designed to be completed while the student is actively working in a nursing position, which can allow for experience and education at the same time.
Going further: Certifications for Nursing Grads
Earning the license to practice nursing can open the door to a variety of employment possibilities, including work in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, hospice care, home health care, schools, outpatient care centers and the armed forces, among others. Nurses can continue their education by earning certifications that can provide them with a broader scope of experience.
Licensed practical nurses can choose from a variety of certification options, such as IV therapy, long-term therapy and pharmacology credentials offered by the National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc. (napnes.org). Other certifications might be available through employers, local community colleges, vocational or online schools. Certification can lead to better promotional opportunities, higher pay and a potential advantage at hiring time.