What does a RPN do?

A licensed practical nurse (LPN) is responsible for assisting physicians with patient office visits, including seating patients in rooms, interviewing patients, recording vital signs such as pulse rate, blood pressure, height, and weight. Additionally, a licensed practical nurse administers and documents medication under a physician's order. Licensed practical nurses usually work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and physician offices. LPN's interested in advancing within the nursing profession can move on to a Registered Nurse (RN).

Licensed practical nurses generally have a Bachelor's degree in Nursing along with a valid license practical nursing certification. A successful licensed practical nurse is a compassionate team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Observe, record, and report changes in patients' condition
  • Effectively carry out medical and surgical asepsis during treatments and special procedures
  • Sterilize packages and autoclaves instruments, using proper sterilization protocols
  • Effectively label and process patient specimens as needed, including tracking specimens in appropriate logs
  • Organize exam rooms, including general cleaning, upkeep, and re-stocking of supplies
  • Communicate with patients' family or friends to provide advice, comfort and release instructions
  • Administer injections, prescribed medications and clean and dress wounds and assist with other basic medical care tasks
  • Demonstrates appropriate hand washing technique to ensure proper infection control and follows universal precautions
  • 2+ years' nursing experience
  • Current LPN license in the state
  • Valid CPR certification
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care according to individual needs
  • Excellent staff training and customer service skills
  • Outstanding knowledge of nursing and medical terminology
  • Compassionate and friendly demeanor
  • Understanding of confidentiality obligations and nursing best practices
  • Exceptional physical condition and stamina
EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

RPN Salaries

Average Base Pay

$64,764 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$48K
Median: $65K
$87K
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RPN Career Path

Learn how to become a RPN, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Licensed Practical Nurse
$63,133/yr
L3
L4
Nursing Leader
$91,763/yr
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Read what RPN professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Muse Treatment
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
Aug. 4, 2021

“Flexible with schedule nice nurses to work with medical team is pleasant to work with as well clients have interesting stories”

Integrity Home Care + HospiceIntegrity Home Care + Hospice
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Jun. 6, 2021

“life balance is easily obtainable and they compensate you well for going above and beyond expectations.”

Mack TechnologiesMack Technologies
Full Time
Jun. 23, 2020

“It feels safe at work and a thank you vacation week is a nice gesture.”

Elite Medical StaffingElite Medical Staffing
Licensed Practical Nurse
Nov. 25, 2020

“I am able to set my own schedule and stay close to home while making a good pay rate.”

MAS Medical StaffingMAS Medical Staffing
Licensed Practical Nurse
Aug. 22, 2019

“The pay is really nice and I never had any issues getting my direct deposit every single Friday.”

The Springs of Vernon Hills Alzheimer's and Assisted Living
Licensed Practical Nurse
Aug. 23, 2021

“Management was an issue and they didn't seem to know what they're doing.”

Northeast Health DistrictNortheast Health District
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Apr. 28, 2021

“No pay increases unless it is cost of living increase which you get every now and then.”

Stamford HospitalStamford Hospital
Licensed Practical Nurse
Aug. 13, 2021

“I don’t have any cons this is a great place to work with a lot of opportunity for growth”

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