|Quick Facts: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses|
|2010 Median Pay||
$40,380 per year
$19.42 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Postsecondary non-degree award|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||752,300|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||22% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||168,500|
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (known as LPNs or LVNs, depending on the state in which they work) provide basic nursing care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses work in many settings, including nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians' offices, and private homes. Most work full time.
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses must complete a state-approved educational program, which usually takes 1 year. They also must pass an exam and get a license before they can work.
The median annual wage of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $40,380 in May 2010.
Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
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