Graduates of the Practical Nurse program must pass the NCLEX examination to become licensed. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), provide direct patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN), advanced practice nurse (APN), physical assistant (PA), or physician (MD). Potential employers include hospitals, long-term care facilities, health care clinics, schools, home health agencies, and homes for special populations.
According to CAREERwise Education, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, licensed practical nurses are in very high demand. Employment in this field is expected to grow 22.6 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020. There will be a need for about 1,957 new nurses to meet market demand between 2010-2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.
Licensed practical nurses often obtain jobs in nursing and residential care facilities, ambulatory health care services, hospitals, and educational service areas.
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