10 Things You Should Know About Practical Nursing

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Would you like to jumpstart a career in health care but are not sure where to begin? If you are interested in joining a dynamic and growing field but want to start earning income as soon as possible, becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) might be just what you are looking for.

Practical Nursing programs can be completed in less time than you think, allowing you to start making a difference in people’s lives right away.

To help you decide if Practical Nursing is right for you, here are 10 things you should know:

  1. Licensed Practical Nurses provide basic care directly to patients and work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN). LPNs are a critical part of the patient care team, as they ensure that patients receive a high quality of care.
  2. The rate of growth for LPN positions is on the rise and demand is expected to keep going up. According to the Occupational Handbook, there will be 88,600 new practical nursing jobs that will need to be filled by 2026. The outlook for LPNs in British Columbia is just as strong, with growth projected across the province over the next decade.
  3. Practical Nursing programs take less time and cost less than an RN program. At Sprott Shaw, you can complete a Practical Nursing program in just 75 weeks.
  4. Practical Nursing programs focus on providing students with actual skills and plenty of hands-on experience, so when you are ready to enter the workplace, you will be confident and prepared to do your job well. You can expect classroom instruction that spotlights performing necessary skills, gaining some direct laboratory experience, and completing a supervised clinical practicum.
  5. LPNs are found in nearly every type of medical setting such as hospitals, doctor’s offices, long-term extended care, community hospice and home care, making it easy to find the environment that best suits your preferences and career goals.
  6. There is a wide range of areas Licensed Practical Nurses to specialize in. Whether you are interested in long-term care, emergency care, pediatrics or community care, there are plenty of options for you to find a rewarding and fulfilling life-long career.
  7. Practical nurses can pursue a certificate in long-term care, advanced cardiac life support and more. By deciding to focus on one area of specialty in your Practical Nursing program, you can also set yourself apart from other job candidates when you do enter the workforce.
  8. Although many decide that a life-long career as an LPN is right for them, many also use Practical Nursing as a stepping stone to pursue a more advanced degree later down the road.
  9. You will have to renew your Practical Nursing license regularly, which means you never stop learning and growing in your field.
  10. Practical Nursing will require you to grow in your patience and compassion for others, as you make a daily difference in the lives of your patients and their families.

Don’t put off making your tomorrow better. Contact us to learn more about the Practical Nursing program today!

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