LPN/LVN Nursing Careers in Florida (FL)
Florida has many opportunities available to those planning to pursue a career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Course work is offered at select vocational schools, community colleges, junior colleges, hospitals, technical schools, state colleges and private universities. Entry requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent, passing the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) exam, and possessing CPR certification. Some institutions may require prerequisite courses as well. A listing of the schools offering approved LPN training and their contact information is available on this page.
Student LPN curriculum will include such coursework as anatomy, nutrition, biology, medical terminology, practical nursing skills, physiology, medical and surgical disorders, patient care, body structure and functions, and health care systems. To receive a vocational certificate the student must successfully complete 1,350 hours which includes the courses, lab work, and clinical rotations. Completion of the program takes approximately one year. Graduates may take the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (NCLEX-PN) after they have satisfied the education requirement. The test must be passed to receive a license to work as an LPN in Florida.
A licensed LPN often works under the direct supervision of an RN or LPN charge nurse. An LPN may find job opportunities in nursing homes, summer camps, hospitals, doctor offices, schools, clinics, private home care and group homes. The LPN is responsible for much of the direct patient care. Responsibilities include measuring vital signs, IV therapy maintenance, monitoring medications for dosage and patient compliance, and reporting changes in patient s condition to supervising nurse or doctor. In some instances the LPN may perform duties of patient advocate or community educator. Various specialty fields that an LPN might consider are pediatric, surgical, emergency and geriatric nursing.
Most people that choose nursing as a career have an interest in the medical field and a desire to help people. Other reasons to consider becoming an LPN might be flexible work schedule, health care benefits, and the likely increase in wages as the demand for qualified LPNs increases. The mean annual wage for a Florida LPN is $40,230 per year.
The Florida Board of Nursing requires licensed practical nurses to complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years to remain licensed in the state. Fulfillment of this requirement is subject to verification.
List of LPN Programs in Florida (FL)