The Field of Practical Nursing (LPNs) Explained

What is an LPN? What does an LPN do? What even is an LPN? These are all common questions when thinking about the field of nursing and hearing all sorts of different acronyms. The aim of this page is to dispel some common myths and provide some basic information about Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and their role in the health care field.

To begin, let’s look at what an LPN is—they are a Licensed Practical Nurse, which means they have to undergo education, training, and licensure in order to work with patients out in the field. This is not something that comes quickly or easily, as LPNs need to go through a lot of schooling and time in order to hold the title of LPN. First, they need to attend an LPN program at a qualified school, which can last a year or longer. They need to complete all of their courses, and also any other allied requirements such as background checks and other things that are related to the requirements for practical nurses set out by the Board of Nursing in their state, which is further explained on

Once most of the allied requirements are met, LPNs still need to take and pass a very difficult nursing exam called the NCLEX-PN. This is the National Council for Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing, and it’s something that LPNs typically study very hard for. This is an important test because it helps to prove to the world that an LPN is actually licensed and qualified to take care of patients. Imagine for a moment what it would be like if you were being taken care of by a person who didn’t have any training and was completely unqualified to provide medical care? That would be terrible, and you would risk getting injured or something bad happening because this person didn’t know how to properly care for you and didn’t have the appropriate experience and training to work as a nurse.

In order to avoid this problem, LPNs are required to be licensed and before this can happen, they need to go through a lot of different training as mentioned above. LPNs really need to work on all sorts of skills and hone them before they can work with patients. They need to know basic things like CPR, and more extensive things like how to transport patients who are sick and deal with other problems that may arise in the course of health care. As you can see, LPNs are nurses that are not only well-trained, but they are also essential to the care of patients overall.