FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Michael Woloson
Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board
Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board recognizes regional needs in healthcare including Licensed Practical Nurse
A licensed practical nurse (LPN) is a licensed health care practitioner who provides nursing care under the direction of healthcare professionals like Registered Nurses or Physicians Assistants. LPNs provide compassionate care that is respectful of each patient’s needs, values and wishes. They work a variety of settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, mental health facilities, clinics, private practices, correctional facilities, and private homes.
LPNs typically provide the following nursing services under the supervision and direction of an RN, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or physician:
- Administer most types of medications, immunizations and blood products (with additional specialized training).
- Provide bedside nursing care in hospitals and nursing homes.
- Observe, measure, record, and report clinical data relating to a patient’s health status.
- Perform a variety of clinical procedures, such as urinary catheterization, tracheal suctioning, sterile dressing changes, and starting an IV (with additional specialized training).
- Supervise care provided by other health care personnel, such as certified nurse aides in nursing homes.
- Provide emotional support and health teaching to patients and their families.
To become a licensed and register as an LPN in New York State, you must:
- be of good moral character;
- be at least seventeen years of age;
- be a high school graduate (or the equivalent);
- graduate from a nursing education program acceptable to NYSED;
- complete New York State required infection control coursework;
- pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) or another license examination acceptable to NYSED; and,
- apply for an LPN license with New York State Education.
Training Providers in the area include Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES, Finger Lakes Community College, Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing.
According to New York State Department of Labor the average starting salary for a LPN is $36,690 while the average for experienced is $49,220.
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