Plenty of students start or go back to school because they are looking for a meaningful future career. As you probably know, careers in healthcare are frequently ranked as some of the most emotionally satisfying, deeply meaningful employment choices.
If you’re interested in a career that brings you that kind of satisfaction, becoming an LPN might be a great career path for you!
What is an LPN?
An LPN, or Licensed Practical Nurse, cares for sick, injured, or disabled patients in a variety of ways:
- Gathering and compiling patient information
- Taking vital signs
- Monitoring and administering medications
- Conducting basic care tests and treatments
- Using and setting up medical equipment such as oxygen suppliers
- Supervising nursing assistants and assisting other healthcare professionals
As South College, we believe that professional nursing is an art and a science with caring as the core concept. The role of the Licensed Practical Nurse is to facilitate the optimal independent functioning of persons through the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health. Basically, you’re helping people feel their best again!
You’re not limited to working in a hospital or doctor’s office as an LPN, either. Licensed Practical Nurses have a lot of opportunities to travel and have interesting, varied careers and patients. Here are just a few of the career paths you could take:
- Home Healthcare Provider
- Travel Nurse
- Assisted Living Nurse
- Rehabilitation Center Nurse
Is Becoming an LPN a Good Choice for Me?
So we’ve convinced you that Licensed Practical Nursing is a great career, but it isn’t an easy one for everyone. Here are some of the skills you should be ready to master if you want to provide great care as an LPN:
- Time management
- Communication skills
- Stress tolerance
In addition, nurses are called upon to be kind, compassionate, and supportive in stressful situations. While it can be hectic, these challenges are part of what makes being an LPN so rewarding. After all, if it was easy, everyone would do it!
You could earn your Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Certificate in as little as 12 months at South College. If you’re ready to make a difference in people’s lives with a highly-satisfying career, enroll today!