Educational Programs
Bradford-Union Area Vocational-Tech Center
Immokalee Technical Center
Lee County High Tech Center - North

Atlantic Technical Center
Brevard Community College
Central Florida Community College
Charlotte Technical Center
Chipola College
Daytona State College
DeSoto County Adult Education Center
Erwin Technical Center
First Coast Technical Institute
Florida Gateway College
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Gulf Coast Community College
Health Institute of Tampa Bay
Homestead Senior High
Indian River State College
Lake Technical Center
Lee County High Tech Center Central
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center
Lively Technical Center
Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology
Manatee Technical Institute
Med Vance Institute - Miami Campus
Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing
Miami-Dade College
North Florida Community College
Okaloosa Applied Technical Center
Northwest Florida State College
Orlando Vocational Technical Center
Palm Beach State College
Pasco-Hernando Community College
Pensacola Junior College
Pinellas Technical Education Center
Ridge Career Center
Robert Morgan Vocational Technical Institute
Santa Fe College
Sarasota County Technical Institute
Seminole State College of Florida
Sheridan Technical Center
South Florida Community College
Suwannee-Hamilton Technical Center
Technical Educational Center Osceola
Thomas P. Haney Technical Center
Traviss Career Center
Washington-Holmes Technical Center
West Technical Education Center
William T. McFatter Technical Center
Withlacoochee Technical Institute

Associate in Science in Nursing - Licensed Practical Nurse Track
Pasco-Hernando Community College

Professional Associations
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) help care for ill or injured people and perform health maintenance duties under the direction of physicians, osteopathic physicians, dentists, and registered nurses.

Most LPNs provide basic bedside care to patients such as taking temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respirations, applying dressings, helping patients with bathing and personal hygiene, and administering prescribed medications. LPNs observe and report on patients' symptoms, reaction to treatment and medication, and progress. Some LPNs help registered nurses care for seriously ill patients in intensive care units or in the delivery and care of infants.

Licensed Practical Nurse

Work Environment
LPNs work in hospitals, nursing homes, doctors' offices, private homes, health departments, and other settings. They generally work 40-hour weeks which include weekends, nights, and holidays. The work demands that they be on their feet most of the time. Bending, stooping, lifting, and walking are required. The work can be very rewarding for those who enjoy being of service to others.

Job Outlook
The number of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses employed in Florida in 2006 was 50,501. It is projected that in 2014 there will be 61,436. This represents an annual average growth rate of 2.4 percent.

Length of Training/Requirements
Practical nursing training programs are offered in community colleges, technical and vocational centers, and hospitals. The programs usually take one year to complete and certify the graduate to take the state licensure examination. Most programs require applicants to have a high school diploma or the equivalent and pass a physical exam. Classroom instruction covers basic nursing concepts, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, first-aid, and other related subjects. Supervised clinical experience is provided in hospitals and other settings.

In some employment settings, such as nursing homes, LPNs can advance to become charge nurses who oversee the work of other LPNs and of nursing aides. Some LPNs also choose to become registered nurses through numerous LPN-to-RN training programs.

Licensure is required for practice in Florida. Graduates of practical nursing programs approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing must pass the written examination from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, NCLEX-PN, to be licensed. Continuing education hours are required every two years for license renewal.

The average hourly wage for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses in Florida in 2009 was $19.44.

Updated: 2009