Posted by Debra Puckett on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM
In the past years, there has been a demand for more manpower in the health care field, one of which professions include Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs). LVNs, as the term suggests, are licensed health care workers who are tasked to do essential and basic nursing care. LVNs function as health care aides in the medical field. In the United States, LVNs have a great job outlook due to the increasing need for nursing aides. To become a Licensed Vocational Nurse, here are the following steps:
- Enrol to an LVN program - The first and foremost step in becoming an LVN is to enrol to an accredited LVN program. These programs are offered in community colleges, private nursing schools, and in most universities across many states in the US. To become eligible for enrolment, applicants must be:
- At least 18 years of age;
- Able to present a high school diploma, or a GED certificate can suffice;
- Have a GPA of at least 2.5; and
- Physically and mentally fit.
Additional requirements may include a letter of intent, character references, an entrance exam, and interview with the college dean or guidance counsellor.
- Meet the requirements to complete the LVN program - Once enrolled to an LVN program, students must be able to comply with the pre-requisite courses prior to beginning the actual LVN course work. The pre-requisite courses are mostly health-related and science subjects such as biochemistry, basic algebra and physics, and human anatomy.
- Apply and pass the NCLEX-PN - Graduating from an LVN program is just the beginning of the LVN career. To become a full-pledged LVN, one must be able to take and pass the NCLEX-PN, the licensure examination for practical nurses or LVNs.
Furthermore, students must be able to complete the required number of credit hours on both the didactic and internship portions of the program. During the 12- to 13-month program, students are to take both classroom lectures and actual duties in medical facilities to aid them in their learning. Aside from the required credit hours, students must be able to meet the grade standards for the course work. A GPA of at least 2.5 may suffice.
Becoming an LVN requires patience and the will to become a nurse. The steps are only a few to make one an LVN. At the end of the day, it all boils down to attitude and determination.