Licensed practical nurses, or LPNs as they are called in some states, work under the guidance of RNs to provide patients with basic hands-on care. These nurses may work in hospitals, clinics, or long-term care and hospice facilities. LPNs have a more limited scope of practice than RNs, but they still have important responsibilities that involve the patient’s physical well-being and emotional state. This means that a strong sense of empathy is an essential attribute for a successful career in this field.
In order to start your career as an LPN, you’ll need to complete a nursing program that has been approved by the state in which you want to practice. This typically includes a professional certificate program, or an associate’s degree in nursing. Both of these routes can be completed in just a few years and lead to licensure by passing the NCLEX-PN exam.
Once you’re licensed, you can start looking for jobs in your area of expertise. As you build experience, your salary will increase significantly. Most experienced NPs in Colorado make more than newcomers to the profession.