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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Career Summary
A licensed practical nurse or vocational nurse is trained to take care of sick, injured and elderly people. They are supervised by a registered nurse, doctor or dentist. The LPN performs many routine tasks directly related to patient care. The LPN evaluates patient needs, changes dressings, implements care plans, takes blood pressure, pulse and temperature and collects lab samples. They may work with catheters, oxygen equipment and monitor intravenous lines. LPNs working in a small health clinic perform slightly different duties. These LPNs gives injections, schedule appointments, keep records and supervise medical assistants.
In nursing home settings LPNs routinely administer medications and supervise the nurse aides. Where there are twenty-four hour residents, LPNs work all types of shifts including weekends and holidays. Every facility and employer has different guidelines regarding work shifts and scheduling.
There are at least thirteen accredited LPN schools in New Mexico. Many community and junior colleges offer qualified LPN training programs. New Mexico State University, Carlsbad and Dana Ana campuses also have practical nursing programs. In general, LPN programs contain two parts: classroom education and clinical training. Some classes can be taken in an online format. This can be advantageous for those who currently work during regular classroom hours. The clinical hands-on training must always take place in-person in a hospital or similar health care setting. Most full time programs take one year to complete. Upon completion the graduate can then take the National Council Licensure Exam to become a certified LPN.
“The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the job outlook for the licensed practical nurse career field to expand by up to 21 percent through 2018.” Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe have an above average number of LPN jobs available compared to other states (based on population). Statistically, New Mexico is ranked fifth in the nation for highest LPN wages. Albuquerque has a median annual LPN salary of $39,900, ranging from $33,000 to $47,000. The median LPN salary in Santa Fee is $41,000 per year. The LPN salary range is between $25,000 – $65,000. The higher salaries are awarded according to number of years of experience, place of employment and advanced clinical certifications held.
List of LPN Programs in New Mexico (NM)
New Mexico LPN Schools
Our directory lists all New Mexico schools that currently offer approved practical nursing programs. The New Mexico 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 New Mexico
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 New Mexico
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 New Mexico 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 New Mexico as a licensed practical nurse and begin searching for employment.
Taking the NCLEX-PN Exam in New Mexico
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 New Mexico 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
New Mexico Board of Nursing