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Career as Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Vermont
Practical Nurses are part of a network of health professionals working in a hospital, clinic, doctor’s office or medical care facility. Working under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician, the LPN is a very important member of the interdisciplinary health team, working with others to provide essential health services to patients who are suffering from disease, illness or injury.
The LPNs job focuses around providing direct patient care to the sick, disabled and injured patients within a given facility or in a home-care setting. The scope of their practice may take them into the area of surgery in the hospital or caring for a mentally ill patient in a mental hospital. They may be on their feet for 8 – 12 hours at a time, doing lab draws, emptying bed pans, or giving sponge baths. LPNs also give shots, perform wound dressings and sometimes supervise nurse aides.
There are a few different types of LPN programs in Vermont, including two-year Associate degree programs, standard one-year practical nursing programs and accelerated 8-month LPN programs. Choosing the right program is a matter of personal preference, lifestyle/schedule and career goals.
Each school has its own admission requirements and academic standards, but a high school diploma or GED is a universal prerequisite for entering an LPN program in Vermont. Some schools have entrance exams that must be successfully passed before gaining full admission into their program. This will vary from school to school. After graduating from an approved program, the future LPN must pass the NCLEX-PN test to receive their state certification an become licensed to work as an LPN.
LPNs can start their job search at the hospital where clinical training took place while in school. If the student made a good impression on the facility they might be receptive to hiring them. Other areas where LPNs typically find work are health clinics, doctor’s offices, nursing homes and dialysis centers.
List of LPN Programs in Vermont (VT)
Vermont LPN Schools
Our directory lists all Vermont schools that currently offer approved practical nursing programs. The Vermont 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 Vermont
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 Vermont
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 Vermont 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 Vermont as a licensed practical nurse and begin searching for employment.
Taking the NCLEX-PN Exam in Vermont
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 Vermont 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
Vermont Board of Nursing