About the Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training Major
If you enjoy working with people and want an emotionally fulfilling career that has flexibility, unlimited opportunities, and great benefits, you might consider licensed vocational nurse training. A licensed vocational nurse (LVN), also known as a licensed practical nurse, provides basic patient medical care in a variety of medical settings. It is the licensed practical nurse who has the most day-to-day contact with a patient.
Many who choose to study nursing describe it as a call to serve, and that it allows them to make a difference in the world. It goes without saying that the road to becoming a nurse is not an easy one, but once you begin your professional journey, you will discover just how rewarding it can be to help those in need.
Training generally lasts one year and is conducted at a community college, hospital, or vocational school. Licensed vocational nursing majors can expect to study subjects like nutrition, chemistry, psychology, human anatomy, physiology, human development, microbiology, nursing science, pharmacology, bloodborne pathogens, hazard communications, fire safety, and other similar subjects. In the lab, you will also be introduced to medical equipment, such as hypodermic needles, nebulizers, bag infusion systems, triage software, patient beds, wheelchairs, spirometers, and patient stabilization devices.
The most exciting part of your studies will be the clinical rotations you do at healthcare organizations, doctor's offices, and nursing homes. There, under the supervision of a registered nurse, you will learn first-hand how to do a variety of tasks, such as monitor a patient's vital signs, update patient records, help patients bathe and dress, and change bandages. Also during your clinical practice, you will be taught the rules that each organization must follow as part of their licensing with the state and their accrediting agencies.
Once you graduate from the program, you are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). Many schools offer an LVN to Associate's Bridge Program, which will give you the opportunity to pursue an Associate's Degree in Nursing after completing the LVN. Many licensed vocational nurses go on to become registered nurses, while others move into management, teaching, or government positions.