How to Earn an LPN Certificate

by eHow Contributor, Demand Media

"LPN" stand for "licensed practical nurse." An LPN is a medical professional who cares for sick, injured or disabled patients. LPNs can work in any area of health care, including specialized settings such as nursing homes, doctor's offices or as home health care aides. Duties include recording vital signs and working with registered nurses and doctors to help determine the best treatment for a patient. LPNS also, keep records and advise family members to perform simple nursing tasks at home.

Step 1

Decide on a program. You can find LPN programs in many community colleges and schools of nursing. Some programs take as little as nine months to complete. Other LPN certifications take as long as eighteen months to finish. Choose the program that best matches your schedule.

Step 2

Apply for the program. Keep in mind that popular programs often have waiting lists. Other programs merely require that you apply and gain admission by the next semester. Make sure that you fill out all paperwork completely. You need to arrange financing to pay for the program to get your LPN certificate.

Step 3

Complete your clinical education. To get an LPN certificate you must to work in a hospital setting. This experience is known as the clinical phase of your education. During this period, you work with patients directly under the supervision of a nursing instructor. Pay close attention to patient care process to pass the class and get your LPN certification.

Step 4

Take the National Council Licensure Examination to receive your LPN license. This computer-based exam covers four categories: safe and effective care environment, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity and physiological integrity.

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