LPN jobs Northern Kentucky
In busy medical facilities, it’s the licensed practical nurses (LPN) that help registered nurses and doctors provide quality healthcare. They are the backbone to medical care because they can take the time to deliver the bedside manner that some nurses and doctors are simply too busy to provide.
Being a LPN means being an important part of a patient’s stay at a medical facility. Making sure a patient has everything he or she needs to face treatment and recovery comfortably is the mission of this type of nurse. This could include many things such as:
- Ensuring comfort in bed with clean, comfortable sheets, pillows, and blankets
- Reading material
- Television access
- Lighting that meets the patient’s desires
- A listening ear about the medical facility, and feelings and thoughts about the patient’s condition
To prepare to meet the demands of a LPN, interested candidates must successfully complete a training program. This training program is available at most technical, vocation, and community colleges. Some hospitals offer a training program, as well as some high schools.
To start the training program, you only need to have a high school diploma or GED. Upon entering the program, you’ll need to take courses such as:
- Nursing concepts
- Patient care
While in the training program, hopeful LPNs must apply the knowledge they gain working in a medical facilities. Most students will seek work in a hospital where it is easier to find positions in which they are under direct supervision of nurses and doctors.
Once students complete the training program, they must take a licensing exam. The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is for individuals seeking to become any type of nurse in the medical field. The portion of the exam that LPNs must take is called NCLEX-PN, in which the PN stands for practical nurse.
The coursework from the training program as well as the experience gained by working in a medical facility prepares students to pass the NCLEX-PN. The four areas that the exam covers are:
- Health promotion and maintenance
- Physiological integrity
- Safe and effective care environment
- Psychosocial integrity
After receiving a passing score on the NCLEX-PN, test takers can present themselves as LPNs to employers. It’s a great honor to have, and it can lead to many great opportunities in the medical community.
Start helping people seeking medical treatment for their physical and mental pain by becoming a LPN. It will be a job that will make not only people around you glad, but you too when you see how much you can make a difference in people’s lives.