Career Information

The Field of Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing is a rapidly growing profession with tremendous needs for caring, well-qualified individuals. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for Practical Nurses is expected to grow 14% between 2006-2016. There will be a general increase in demand for heathcare workers in response to the long term care needs of a growing population of seniors.

What Does a Practical Nurse Do?

After successful completion of the NCLEX-PN Examination, the Practical Nurse is prepared to function as a member of the healthcare team in a variety of settings. Practical Nurses participate in the planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care based on preparation, knowledge, skill and understanding of various nursing situations. Practical Nurses provide for the physical comfort, emotional well-being, and safety of patients while performing more specialized nursing tasks such as medication administration, therapeutic treatments and assisting with rehabilitation.


In some employment settings LPNs can advance to become charge nurses overseeing other LPNs and nursing assistants. LPNs may choose to become Registered Nurses through numerous LPN to RN education programs.


LPNs work in hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices, home-health care, employee health, residential care, outpatient care facilitites, schools, and Federal, State and Local government agencies. Gainful Employment disclosure information is available for this program of study.