FAQ on Licensed Practical Nursing

A licensed practical nurse (LPN) is an individual that completes approximately 12 months of higher education to obtain their degree, which typically is a certificate. LPN’s simply do “practical” things as their title implies. Generally, LPN’s work in a long-term care setting where care tends to be less critical and more repetitive, with conditions that do not change often or require in-depth assessments.  The amount of LPN’s that are hired within the acute hospital settings has phased out greatly within the past ten years. LPN’s also are responsible for reporting any changes that they would come across in their patients to the professional above them, such as registered nurses (RN’s) in order for more medical interventions to take place.