LPNs are an important part of the healthcare community
If you are thinking about nursing school, there are many different paths you can choose. One popular choice is becoming a practical nurse. Practical nursing is a good fit for some people, because the training program is a “happy medium.” It is more in-depth than a home health aide or nursing assistant program, but it is not as demanding as a registered nurse program. If you think you may have what it takes to become a practical nurse, then find out some great benefits of this career path:
1. Practical nurse training only takes one year
Unlike registered nurse programs which require you to get an associate’s degree or higher, a practical nurse program takes just about one year to complete. This is a big benefit if you are anxious to get in the workforce in a short period of time. Your training program will provide you with the skills you need to prepare for your state’s licensing exam. You must pass your state’s exam before you can practice.
2. The schedule may fit well into your life balance
Achieving the perfect work-life balance is tricky in any field, but as a practical nurse, you will have some options. Most practical nurses work on shifts in hospitals or nursing homes. As you gain seniority, you may have more control over which shifts you take. If you are a parent of young children, you might want to take three 12-hour shifts in a row, allowing you four days off. Or you might want to work night shift if your partner has a day job, allowing you to sleep while your children are in school and be there for them after school. Some practical nurses find that per diem (day to day) work allows them flexibility. So, while life is always busy while raising children, this career path may offer you some options.
3. LPN skills are portable
Practical nursing skills are “portable,” meaning that they can be used in many different job settings in any part of the state where you are licensed. LPNs work in a range of facilities, from nursing homes and assisted living facilities to hospitals and medical offices. Some LPNs choose to work in home care, where they visit the homes of their patients. In short, there are many options to explore.
4. The job outlook for LPNs is positive
Will there be jobs for LPNs in the coming years? While no one has a crystal ball to predict the future, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts a positive job growth for LPNs. The Occupational Outlook Handbook says, “Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” This positive projection is one reason why people are choosing this career path.
5. You can feel proud of your career
Practical nurses are nursing professionals who are there for their patients every day. In this field, you may not get as much recognition as the doctors, but you will be helping patients at a vulnerable time in their lives when they need help the most. Whether you are helping an elderly person take her meds every morning or assisting a stroke patient with learning to walk again, you are making an incredible difference in the lives of your patients. There’s no doubt about it…practical nurses are everyday heroes!
The Harris Casel Institute is proud to offer a Practical Nurse training program at our campus in Melbourne, Florida. With our program, you can learn the necessary skills for this profession and get started toward a new career path that can be rewarding and gratifying. Contact us online for more info!