Nursing and Allied Health

Resources for Nursing, Allied Health, Pharmacology & CNA

Nursing Forecast

Outlook: Good | U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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References:
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291171.htm
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291161.htm
6. The Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291151.htm
7. Turner, Susan Odegaard. The Nursing Career Planning Guide. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2007. Print.
8. Explore Health Careers: http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/Career/149
9. National Student Nurses Association: http://www.nsna.org/Portals/0/Skins/NSNA/pdf/Imprint_Jan09_Feat_Lueders.pdf
10. National Association of Neonatal Nurses: http://www.nann.org/education/content/neonatal-nursing-career-info.html
11. American Psychiatric Nurses Association: http://www.apna.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3292#6
12. Discover Nursing: http://www.discovernursing.com/specialty/oncology-nurse#.UfRq8WRASqU
13. American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/index
14. Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation: http://www.oncc.org/About

LPN Training Requirements

LPN Degree and Education in Louisiana

Louisiana LPN Stats:
Comfort Score Rank: #19 of 51
Benefit of RN Rank: #8 of 51
Avg. LPN Salary: $36,780
LPNs employed: 19,950

The fastest frowing potential employers where licensed practical nurses practice are home health care agencies and long term care facilities.  A career as an LPN in Louisiana can provide opportunities and security.

In the state of Louisiana, the practical nursing program is the quickest route to becoming a nurse. To earn a nursing diploma requires twenty-one months of study including courses as well as "clinicals" or hands-on practice. You are required to obtain a CPR card, and pass the NCLEX-PN exam upon completion of the course. Many people continue their education to the RN level after completing an LPN.  With any questions about nursing programs and specific requirements, contact the admissions office of your chosen college or school.

What Training Requirements Must I Satisfy?

In order to become an LPN, following high school, you must complete a training program which has been approved at the state level.  Many such LPN programs are offered at vocational schools, community colleges and technical schools. They're generally certificate-granting programs.  Your curricula will consist of classroom and laboratory study, and you'll take classes on microbiology, English composition, human anatomy, pharmacology, developmental psychology, drug calculations and medical surgical nursing. 

When you've completed your accredited program of study, you must pass a licensing examination in order to work professionally as an LPN. You'll be required to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is offered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The 4-part, computerized examination will focus on physiological and psychosocial integrity, safe environments and health promotion.

Individual states may have additional licensing guidelines, so it's best to check with the board of nursing in your state for specific requirements. If you'd like to advance your career, keep in mind that as a practicing LPN, you may be able to complete an LPN-to-RN program, which will allow you to become a registered nurse with increased responsibilities and compensation.

College Career Academy for High School Students

A good foundation in reading, science and math is important to a health sciences career.  The Central Louisiana Technical Community Colllege "Career Academy" and "Dual Enrollment" programs provide additional options for high school students.  Students with acceptable test scores may begin taking  computer applications courses and  other college courses during high school.  Ask your high school counselor or the CLTCC "Dual Enrollment"  Department for more information. The Nursing Licensing Board mandates that a student have either a GED and acceptable reading, math and ACT scores or a high school diploma and acceptable test scores before being accepted.  In Louisiana, nursing students must also have reached their 18th birthday before they can begin clinicals. 

License Renewal

Louisiana RNs and LPNs are required to renew their licenses every year. It is mandatory to complete five contact hours for all full time nurses while part time nurses are required ten contact hours. Contact hours are defined by fifty minutes of board approved education and can be provided online.

 Source:  LPN.com

Major Nursing Employers & Locations

State of the Industry

Outlook | Nursing Shortage

As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities for LPNs were expected to grow by 21% between 2008-2018 (www.bls.gov). A growing elderly population, along with their need for the services of licensed practical nurses, contributes to this rapid forecasted job growth. Employment prospects for LPNs were expected to be quite good, particularly in home healthcare agencies and nursing homes, and also in rural areas. It was reported that as of 2009, licensed practical nurses who worked in nursing facilities earned $42,320 per year on average, and those who worked for home health care services earned an average of $42,300 each year.

The major populations are:

  • communities/public
  • family/individual across the lifespan
  • adult-gerontology
  • pediatrics
  • neonatal
  • women’s health/gender-related
  • psych/mental health

There are also specialist areas such as cardiac nursing, orthopedic nursing, palliative care, perioperative nursing, obstetrical nursing, oncology nursing, nursing informatics, telenursing.

 

LPN Salaries & Statistics

LPN Salaries in Louisiana

Louisiana LPN Stats:
Comfort Score Rank: #19 of 51
Benefit of RN Rank: #8 of 51
Avg. LPN Salary: $36,780
LPNs employed: 19,950


Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in Louisiana earn an average of $17.98/hr and a yearly income of $36,780. Nurses working in metropolitan areas tend to earn higher salaries than in non-metropolitan parts of the state, although there is likely to be a relatively higher cost of living associated in those areas. An LPN can work in a variety of areas within the nursing field including nursing care facilities, hospitals or a physicians’ office. Nurses working in general medical and surgical hospitals typically earn more than those working in the offices of physicians. Also, nurses make more per hour when shifts are at night or during weekends and holidays. When choosing a career path within the industry, salary is only one piece to consider. Many LPNs find a more rewarding career in a family office rather than a hospital, despite a lower salary. It is advisable for LPNs to look towards home health care agencies and long-term care facilities are the fastest growing potential employers. The LPN with several years of experience and those with certifications in geriatric health are going to be in higher demand. It is crucial to begin trying to figure out which area is the best fit for you as early as possible. Take advantage of all the offered nursing classes and programs and continue to educate yourself.