How to Become a LPN- Private Duty?
Steps to Become a Licensed Practical NurseA successful licensed practical nurse (LPN) excels at observation, decision-making, and communication. (In Ontario, the position is called a registered practical nurse (RPN).) Compassion and empathy are necessary. Remember that in any profession where you're providing patient care, emergencies can arise, so an LPN/RPN needs to adapt to any situation and work under pressure. Follow the steps below to become an LPN/RPN.
Commit to becoming an excellent licensed practical nurse.
The first step to becoming an LPN/RPN is understanding what the role entails and committing fully to the position. While formal training is an absolute must, an LPN/RPN must possess skills that can't be taught in a classroom. Finding a mentor in the field can give you insight into dealing with stressful situations.
Choose an LPN/RPN diploma program.
Each province or territory sets its own educational requirements for LPNs/RPNs. When you choose a diploma program, make sure that it is accredited by the province or territory where you plan to work. It typically takes two years to complete an LPN/RPN program. Coursework includes nursing skills, anatomy and physiology, and sociology.
Complete your certification program and pass the NCLEX-PN.
Once you've completed your LPN/RPN diploma program, you'll need to pass the regulatory exam required by your province or territory. These are either the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) or the Regulatory Exam–Practical Nurse (REx-PN). Study guides are available for both exams. After you pass the CPNRE or REx-PN exam, you can register as an LPN/RPN with the provincial/territorial regulator.
Apply for LPN jobs.
Once you've completed your certification program, passed the CPNRE/REx-PN, and received licensure from the province/territory you want to work in, it's time to start applying for licensed/registered practical nurse positions. Common places of employment for LPNs/RPNs include nursing homes, hospitals, and physicians' offices. You might also find a job at a medical call centre or an insurance company. Many insurance companies hire LPNs/RPNs to ensure the accurate processing of claims. Working at a call centre or insurance company can be a nice change of pace when you need a break from direct patient care.
Continue to develop your career skills.
Healthcare is an ever-evolving field, so it's essential for LPNs/RPNs to continually develop their career skills. Some provincial/territorial regulators have a membership option for access to educational resources and to expand your professional network.
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