Becoming a LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) also known as LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) is one of the quickest ways to get into the nursing field; as these programs last on average one year versus the longer course work required to become a Registered Nurse (RN) or other advanced practice nurse.To become a LVN you must have a High School Diploma or GED and complete a one to two year training program (depending on the educational facility) at a
Community College or Vocational School. A portion of the coursework is done in a classroom setting where the students focus on learning Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, and Nutrition the other half of the coursework is done through on the job training to get accustomed to what the job entails. LVNs are required to be CPR certified so if your program does not include receiving this certification it is essential that you find a class in your community and get certified. After completing your LVN program you will take the LVN certification exam, the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLX-PN). Make sure when registering for your exam you sign up for the Practical Nurse (PN) Exam and not the Registered Nurse (RN) Exam. The fee for the examination (as of publication) is $200 and cancelled or rescheduling examination dates will cost you; so make sure you are eligible for certification before scheduling a test date. If the student do not pass the exam you must wait three months before attempting to retake the exam at the students expense; so being prepared on examination date is essential. Once the student passes the exam they will receive their license and can begin working as a LVN.
A LVNs job consists of assisting RNs and patients with daily tasks, monitoring and administering patient medications and working under the direction of an RN or a physician.