How to Become a Licensed Vocational Nurse

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Becoming a licensed practical or licensed vocational nurse (LPN or LVN) requires finishing an accepted educational program. LPNs and LVNs should likewise have a license.


LPNs and LVNs need to finish an accepted educational program. These programs honor a certification or diploma and generally take about 1 year to finish, but might take longer. They are typically found in technical schools and neighborhood colleges, though some programs may be readily available in secondary schools and hospitals.

Practical nursing programs incorporate classroom learning in topics, such as nursing, biology, and pharmacology. All programs also include monitored medical experience.

Contact state boards of nursing for lists of approved programs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved educational program, potential LPNs and LVNs can take the National Council Licensure Evaluation, or NCLEX-PN. In all states, they must pass the test to obtain a license and work as an LPN or LVN.

LPNs and LVNs might decide to become accredited through professional associations in locations such as gerontology and IV treatment, among others. Certifications reveal that an LPN or LVN has a sophisticated level of knowledge about a certain topic.

Crucial Qualities

Empathy. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses should be empathetic and caring toward individuals they serve.

Information oriented. LPNs and LVNs have to be accountable and detail-oriented, due to the fact that they have to make certain that clients get the appropriate care at the correct time.

Interpersonal abilities. Interacting with patients and other healthcare companies is a huge part of their tasks, so LPNs and LVNs require excellent interpersonal abilities.

Perseverance. Dealing with sick and hurt individuals could be stressful. LPNs and LVNs ought to be patient, so they can handle any tension that stems from offering health care to these clients.

Physical stamina. LPNs and LVNs ought to be comfortable carrying out physical jobs, such as bending over patients for a long time.

Talking skills. It is very important that LPNs and LVNs be able to interact efficiently. They could need to communicate information about a client’s existing condition to a registered nurse.


With experience, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses might advance to supervisory positions. Some LPNs and LVNs advance to other healthcare professions. An LPN might complete an LPN to Registered Nurse education program to end up being a registered nurse.