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Licensed Practical Nurse
Licensed practical nurses or LPNs, under the direction of a physician or registered nurse, give both personal and medicinal care to patients who are sick, injured, or unable to care for themselves.

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Work Activities/Environment
LPNs may work in a variety of settings, including: hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, private homes, or institutions. They are trained to administer prescribed medications, draw blood and other fluids, and care for injuries or surgical incisions. In addition, their responsibilities can include developing care plans and providing personal care such as dressing, bathing or feeding patients. LPNs may also be responsible for cleaning and straightening patient rooms. In addition, they keep daily records on a patient's progress and activities. LPNs typically work 40 hours a week, but may work day, evening or night shifts.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school students should study health, mathematics, biology, chemistry, social sciences and related courses. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. In addition, individuals must complete a state-approved practical nursing program which is usually offered through a vocational/technical school, community college, universities or hospitals. Training programs typically last one year and include course work in anatomy, physiology, nursing, pediatrics, obstetrics, first aid, nutrition, and instruction in a clinical setting. Individuals who have successfully completed a training program must pass a licensing examination to earn the designation of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Educational Institutions
Bryant-Stratton College - Bayshore
Chippewa Valley Technical College
College of the Menominee Nation - Green Bay
College of the Menominee Nation - Keshena
Concordia University
Fox Valley Technical College
Gateway Technical College
Herzing University - Brookfield
Lakeshore Technical College
Madison Area Technical College
Mid-State Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Moraine Park Technical College - Beaver Dam
Moraine Park Technical College - Fond du Lac
Moraine Park Technical College - West Bend
Nicolet Area Technical College
Northcentral Technical College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Waukesha County Technical College
Western Technical College

Average $36,210

Professional Organizations
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC, 20036

American Health Care Association
1201 L Street NW
Washington, DC, 20005

American Hospital Association (AHA)
155 N. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL, 60606
312/422-3000 or 800/424-4301

American Nurses Association (ANA)
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD, 20910
301/628-5000 or 800/274-4ANA (4262)

Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)
915 Lee St.
Des Plaines, IL, 60016-6569
800/900-9659 or 800/243-8362

Leading Age Wisconsin
204 South Hamilton Street
Madison, WI, 53703

National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc.
2071 N. Bechtle Avenue PMB 307
Springfield, OH, 45504-1583

National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses (NFLPN)
3801 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 190
Raleigh, NC, 27607
919/779-0046 or 800/948-2511

National League for Nursing
2600 Virginia Ave. NW, Eighth Floor
Washington, DC, 20037

National Student Nursesí Association
45 Main Street, Suite 606
Brooklyn , NY, 11201

Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing
1400 E. Washington Ave., Room 112
Madison, WI, 53703
608/266-2112 or 877/617-1565

Wisconsin League for Nursing
PO Box 320892
Franklin, WI, 53132-6151

Wisconsin Nurses Association
6117 Monona Drive #1
Madison, WI, 53716
608/221-0383 or 800/362-3959

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