• While more than half of RNs will end up in a hospital setting Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) have the distinct advantage of being marketable across multiple healthcare settings. While performing similar tasks and duties in each setting, the LPN has the ability to specialize in one area or mix things up and experience new environments. The following are some of the most common work environments/career paths for LPNs as ranked by 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

     

    Nursing and residential care facilities

    BLS states 38% of all LPNs work in this environment

    ·      Examples of employers: long-term care providers, nursing homes, residential treatment agencies, rehabilitative services, hospice services

    ·      Common duties: conduct health assessments, supervise nursing assistants, basic nursing care, collaborate with an RN, MD or dentist to develop treatment plans and assist with procedures, administrative work, assist with physical therapy regimen; give medications

     

    Hospitals: state, local and private

    BLS states 17% of all LPNs work in this environment

    ·      Examples of employers: hospitals, especially emergency, maternity and surgical departments and acute mental health units

    ·      Common duties: assist with advanced medical practices, supervise nursing aides

     

    Offices of physicians

    BLS states 13% of all LPNs work in this environment

    ·      Examples of employers: physician offices, clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, emergency medical/urgent care centers

    ·      Common duties: prepare patients for examination, give injections, administer medications, assist with minor surgeries, dress incisions, maintaining medical records

     

    Home healthcare services

    BLS states 11% of all LPNs work in this environment

    ·      Examples of employers: clinics, private home health agencies, subsets of larger facilities

    ·      Common duties: assist patients with personal and environmental hygiene, entertain and converse with patients to promote mental health, evaluate patient living conditions, teach families/caregivers basic patient care

     

    Government

    BLS states 7% of all LPNs work in this environment

    ·      Examples of employers: military, military hospital, Federal Civil Service clinic

    ·      Common duties: specially trained as a medic