Guide to Practical Nursing (LPN)

A licensed practical nurse, or LPN, helps administer care to patients under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or physician.

Among the things LPNs are able to do is collect samples for testing, perform routine lab tests, and record data on patient charts. Some LPNs are also qualified to help deliver and care for newborns.

An LPN degree can be obtained through a certified school or college in usually one year. LPNs must also be licensed by the state to practice. Licensing requirements can vary by state.

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