Practical Nurse Career and Job OutlookThe practice of practical nursing includes the care, treatment or observation of those who are ill, or the assistance in maintenance of a patient’s health. Licensed practical nurses (LPN) work(1) under the direction of registered nurses, physicians, optometrists, dentists, and psychologists in Louisiana and in a variety of settings that include assisted-living facilities, hospitals, physician’s offices, and in patients’ homes.Licensed practical nurses are projected to continue to be in high demand as the population of the United States continues to live longer, the health care environment continues to change, and there is an increasing reliance on long-term healthcare services.(2) Call or request informationto learn more about our Practical Nursing Program.Practical Nursing Duties Include: Perform health care assessment Take and record vital signs Change bandages, insert specific catheters, hang blood products Administration of medications, including intravenous medications Direct subordinates in the care of patients Report patients’ health verbally and through record-keepingWhat Skills Do Practical Nurses Need?Practical nurse candidates need to have a a people-oriented personality because of the daily interactions not only with patients, but other members of the health care team in which they interact. Excellent communication skills are needed, as is a great sense of humor! Because nursing can include assisting patients in bathing, lifting, and walking, being in good physical shape is recommended.Job Outlook for Licensed Practical NursesAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of licensed practical nurses (LPN) and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow by 16% between 2014 and 2024.(2)Do I Need to be Licensed?Many practical nurses become licensed in the state where they live after they have completed a state-approved education program and passed their National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).