Directory of state-approved LPN training classes
LPN/LVN Nursing Careers in Hawaii (HI)
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), also known as Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), work under registered nurses and doctors to provide care to patients. Some people choose to become an LPN because it is less expensive and quicker than becoming a registered nurse. The general duties of LPNs include wound dressing, medicine administration, monitoring patients, performing patient assessments, and taking vital signs. LPNs may also be called upon to perform certified nursing assistant (CNA) duties for patients such as bathing, dressing, and helping them with toileting. Practical nursing is considered a physically demanding job, and LPNs will commonly be forced to do heavy lifting, walk or stand for long periods, and push or pull heavy items.
Hawaii requires the completion of a licensed practical nursing program for those who want to become LPNs. The majority of training programs take about one year to complete, and usually contain a mix of classroom learning and clinical training. A high school diploma or GED is necessary before a licensed practical nursing program can be taken. Applicants must also take a pre-nursing admission exam, and they may be required to take classes before they will be accepted into a program. Practical nursing programs are generally offered at vocational schools and junior colleges. Only programs that are approved by the Hawaii Nursing Board can be used to meet the educational requirements of becoming an LPN. The courses that are offered in an LPN nursing program can vary by school, but typically all programs will cover first aid, medicine administration, patient care, biology, anatomy, obstetrics, pediatrics, and ethics.
LPNs generally make a salary between about $30,000 and $50,000 annually with the average pay falling somewhere in the middle. The majority of LPNs are employed with hospitals, but high numbers of LPNs also work at nursing homes and in private home care settings. Some advancement opportunities available to an LPN are to become a charge nurse or a licensed registered nurse (RN).
List of LPN Programs in Hawaii (HI)
Hawaii LPN Schools
Our directory lists all Hawaii schools that currently offer approved practical nursing programs. The Hawaii state board of nursing is the regulatory organization in charge of approving LPN education programs. To gain approval, educational institutions must demonstrate to the board of nursing that their program sufficiently prepares students with the knowledge and skills expected of a licensed practical nurse. The on-going approval of a program depends largely upon their graduation rates and the NCLEX pass rates of their graduates. If a program starts to produce poor results in either of these two categories they can quickly lose their state approval or be placed on probationary approval status until their results improve.
Required LPN Classes in Hawaii
The specific course work required in practical nursing programs can differ from institution to institution. However, there are some subjects that are almost always included in most programs. Typical LPN classes include Anatomy & Physiology, Basic Nursing Skills, Nutrition, Math for Nurses, Psychology and Pharmacology. Topics covered within these subjects prepare students with the knowledge base required to perform the work of a licensed practical nurse.
How to Become an LPN in Hawaii
Start the process by researching available education programs to find one that suits your schedule and preferences. The next step is to enroll and complete an LPN training program that is approved by the Hawaii Board of Nursing. Most LPN programs take roughly one year to finish. Upon successful completion of all course requirements you are eligible to challenge the NCLEX-PN exam. After passing the test you can register with the state of Hawaii as a licensed practical nurse and begin searching for employment.
Taking the NCLEX-PN Exam in Hawaii
When it comes time to challenge the practical nursing license exam it is advisable to prepare for the exam with a self-study program or classroom prep course. Knowing what to expect on the actual test and completing practice questions can increase your chances of passing. When you feel ready to take the test, apply for your practical nursing license with the Hawaii state board of nursing and register with Pearson VUE. There is a $200 fee required in order to register for the exam. The next step is to wait until you receive confirmation of your Authorization to Test (ATT). Once you receive your ATT you can schedule your NCLEX exam with Pearson VUE at a nearby testing center.
LPN Quick Reference Links
Hawaii Board of Nursing