Licensed Practical Nurse

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Nursing - Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase dramatically. Nebraska is expected to have a 22% increase in annual job openings for licensed practical nurses in a wide variety of care facilities and positions. This increase is higher than what is expected on a national level!

What you would do: An LPN works under the supervision of a doctor or registered nurse to provide necessary and basic nursing care. Compassion, patience, and speaking skills are important as an LPN plays an important part of the communication between doctors and patients. An LPN monitors a patient’s health, administers basic care, keeps accurate records, and attends to the patient’s comfort while providing emotional support. An LPN also helps to teach families in providing care to patients who are returning home.

Where you would work: Almost 40% of LPNs work in nursing and residential care facilities, while another 20% works in hospitals. An LPN may also work for private or public home healthcare services, physicians’ offices, or in government jobs.

What you could earn: The median pay for Licensed Practical Nurses in Nebraska is $18.25/hour or $42,500 annually.  Pay is usually commensurate with experience and full benefits are usually given.

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Want more information? Visit the Department of Labor for more information on job growth, payment, duties, and important skills and abilities.

 

All statistics gathered from the Department of Labor.

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