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Licensed Practical Nurses

Provide basic nursing care under the direction of doctors and registered nurses.

Quick Facts


Above the statewide median
$24.20 / hour    Read more about wages


Well above statewide average
Growth rate:  10.7%    Read more about outlook


Vocational training is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Administer intravenous medications.
  • Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
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Job Title Examples:

Charge Nurse
Clinic Nurse
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

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Wages & Outlook


Typical Wages

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $24.20
Statewide median: $23.00


This career pays above the statewide median wage.

Wages for Licensed Practical Nurses *

Area Low Median High
$20.63 $23.95 $28.38
$21.60 $24.20 $27.72
Central Minnesota
$21.08 $23.36 $25.80
Northeast Minnesota
$19.55 $22.14 $24.52
Northwest Minnesota
$20.30 $22.55 $24.76
Southeast Minnesota
$21.98 $24.26 $27.56
Southwest Minnesota
$20.59 $23.24 $26.11
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$22.66 $25.59 $29.22

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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In Minnesota, there are 14,210 workers employed in this large career.

Where do Licensed Practical Nurses most often work?


Current Demand

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This career is currently in very high demand.


Future Demand   This career is projected to grow much faster than average.

This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 15,821 new Licensed Practical Nurses to meet market demand between 2018-2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.


Employment Outlook for Licensed Practical Nurses
Area Employment Employment Change
2018 2028 Number Percent
U S 728,900 807,000 78,100 10.7%
Minnesota 16,852 19,011 2,159 12.8%
Central Minnesota 2,241 2,634 393 17.5%
Northeast Minnesota 1,049 1,126 77 7.3%
Northwest Minnesota 2,342 2,520 178 7.6%
Southeast Minnesota 1,443 1,577 134 9.3%
Southwest Minnesota 1,332 1,395 63 4.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 9,543 10,917 1,374 14.4%

On the Job


Licensed Practical Nurses provide nursing care in a variety of settings, especially long-term care facilities. They monitor patients and maintain records. They work under the direction of registered nurses or doctors. This career requires a license.

Physical Demands   

This career requires time standing, walking, or running.


Typical Work Tasks

People who work in this career often:

Typical Working Conditions


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Education & Credentials


Educational Requirements

Vocational training


Education level attained (national data)

Education Level Attained (national data)
Education Level AttainedPercentage of workers in this occupation
Less than high school diploma1.7
High school diploma or equivalent23.4
Some college, no degree53.3
Associate degree16.7
Bachelors degree3.9
Masters degree0.6
Doctoral (Ph.D) or professional degree0.4


Work Experience and Training Requirements

Nationally, this career typically requires:

  • No related work experience for entry.
  • Little or no on-the-job training to become competent.


Current Training Opportunities

Related Programs


Related Short-Term Training (Courses)



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Transfer Options



Certifications are examinations that test or enhance your knowledge, experience or skills in an occupation or profession.

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Licenses are knowledge and skill credentials that are legally required in some careers.

This occupation requires a license.

Approval of Practical Nursing Programs
Border State Registry
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)


Helpful High School Courses

Examples of helpful classes that help you prepare for this career:

  • Anatomy
  • Chemistry
  • Community Health
  • Computer Applications
  • Human Development
  • Medical Ethics
  • Nutrition
  • Research Methods
  • Safety and First Aid/CPR
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • World Languages

In Minnesota, your school may have developed a Program of Study in this career area. A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your high school to help move you towards a career and college path. A Program of Study can help you:

  • Select high school classes that prepare you for college and getting a job
  • Understand how the classes you're taking in high school lead to a career
  • Identify extra-curricular activities that are related to your career interest
  • See what classes at your school offer early college credit that will save you time and money towards your college expenses
  • Graduate from high school prepared for your next step toward the career you choose

Learn more about Programs of Study at your high school.


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Skills & Knowledge


Most Important Skills for Licensed Practical Nurses


Most Important Knowledge Areas for Licensed Practical Nurses


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Describe Your Skills

People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks. These statements can help a prospective employer understand what you can do, on a resume or during an interview.

  • Helping and caring for people.
  • Documenting or recording information.
  • Communicating with supervisors, co-workers, or people that work under you.
  • Creating and maintaining interpersonal relationships.
  • Collecting information from different sources.
  • Making decisions or solving problems.
  • Organizing, planning, and prioritizing work.
  • Evaluating information to determine compliance with standards.


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Tools & Technology for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses


Abdominal binders
Analgesic infusion sets or kits
  • Infusion sets
Apnea monitors
Blood transfusion filters or screens
  • Blood transfusion drip regulators
Capillary or hematocrit tubes
  • Capillary tubes
Cardiac output CO monitoring units
  • Heart monitors
  • Non-invasive cardiac output monitors
  • Ultrasonic cardiac output monitors
Cervical collars or neck braces
  • Neck braces
Clinical trapeze bars
  • Clinical trapezes
Continuous passive motion CPM devices
  • Continuous passive motion CPM equipment
Desktop computers
Dial calibrated intravenous flowmeters or regulators
  • Infusion controllers
Dispensing pins or needles
  • Safety needles
Electrocardiography EKG transmitters or telemetry devices
  • Telemetry units
Electrocardiography EKG units
Electronic blood pressure units
Electronic stethoscopes
Enema kits
  • Enema equipment
Extremity restraints
  • Limb restraints
  • Wrist restraints
Full body restraints
  • Fabric body holders
Glucose monitors or meters
  • Blood glucometers
  • Glucometers
  • Needleless glucometers
Head or neck traction supplies
  • Crutchfield tongs
  • Halo traction equipment
Hematology analyzers
  • Hemoglobinometer machines
Hemodialysis units
  • Dialysis machines
Hypodermic needle
  • Hollow needles
  • Intradermal needles
  • Intramuscular needles
  • Intravenous IV needles
  • Subcutaneous hypodermic needles
Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines
  • Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB apparatus
Intravenous infusion pumps for general use
  • Infusion pumps
Intravenous or arterial extension tubing
  • Filtered intravenous IV catheter tubing
  • Non-vented intravenous IV catheter tubing
  • Vented intravenous IV catheter tubing
Intravenous or arterial infusion bags or containers
  • Bag infusion systems
  • Closed infusion systems
  • Open infusion systems
  • Safety infusion systems
Intravenous or arterial tubing adapter or connector
  • Heparin locks
  • Intermittent infusion sets
Knee therapeutic brace or support
  • Knee braces
Leg traction supplies
  • Balkan frames
Medical acoustic stethoscopes
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
Medical gas cylinders or related devices
  • Oxygen cylinders
Medical or surgical suction or vacuum appliances
  • Gastric suction equipment
  • Intubation suctioning kits
Medical oxygen masks or parts
  • Oxygen masks
Medical oxygen tubing or connectors
  • Oxygen tubing
Medical syringes without needle
  • Syringes
Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echocardiograph or echocardiograph units for general diagnostic use
  • Ultrasonic Doppler equipment
Mercury blood pressure units
  • Mercury blood pressure measuring equipment
Mobile medical services automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
Nasogastric tubes
  • Flexible nasogastric tubes
  • Compressor tabletop nebulizers
  • Electronic compressor nebulizers
  • Pediatric nebulizers
  • Portable nebulizers
  • Ultrasonic nebulizers
Needleless intravenous injection syringe sets or injection cannulas
  • Needleless intraveneous IV sets
Needleless vial or bag withdrawal cannulas or adapters or decanters
  • Needleless intravenous IV withdrawal equipment
Notebook computers
Orthopedic traction hardware or weights
  • Bucks extensions
  • Traction equipment
  • Traction weights
Ostomy appliances
  • Ostomy equipment
Oxygen therapy delivery system products
  • Oxygen supplies
Patient care beds for specialty care
  • Air fluidized beds
  • Circo-electric beds
  • Frames
  • Rotating bed
Patient controlled analgesia infusion pumps
  • Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps
Patient lifts
  • Patient lifters
Patient shifting boards
  • Transfer boards
Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices
  • Ankle restraints
  • Gait belts
  • Lap belts
  • Restraints
Perfusion oxygen or hematocrit saturation monitors
  • Saturation of oxygen SaO2 monitors
Peripherally inserted central catheters PICC
  • Over-the-needle intravenous IV catheters
  • Through-the-needle intravenous IV catheters
Personal computers
Pulse oximeter units
  • Pulse oximeters
Respiratory monitoring kits
  • Non-invasive cardio respiratory monitors
  • Respiration monitors
Restraint straps or buckles or supplies
  • Safety belts
  • Wheelchair belts
Restraint vests and jackets
  • Posey vests
  • Safety jackets
  • Safety vests
  • Automated spirometers
  • Digital spirometers
  • Handheld spirometers
  • Personal computer PC-based spirometers
  • Pocket spirometers
  • Pulmonary function testing PFT equipment
Surgical drains or drain sets
  • Hemovac drains
  • Jackson-Pratt drains
Suture removal kits or trays or packs or sets
  • Suture removal kits
Tablet computers
Therapeutic heating or cooling blankets or drapes
  • Hyper/hypothermia blankets
Tracheostomy tubes
  • Tracheotomy tubes
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
Tuberculin syringes
  • Tuberculin TB skin test equipment
Urinary catheterization kits
  • Urinary catheters
Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
  • Evacuated blood collection tubes
Vascular or compression apparel or support
  • Pneumatic boots
Walkers or rollators
  • Walkers
Walking braces
Winged infusion needle set
  • Butterfly needles


Calendar and scheduling software
  • Scheduling software
Categorization or classification software
  • Diagnostic and procedural coding software
Cloud-based data access and sharing software
  • Google Drive
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft Outlook
Internet browser software
  • Web browser software
Inventory management software
  • Inventory tracking software
Medical software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Epic Systems
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS
  • Infusion management software
  • MEDITECH software
  • MedicWare EMR
  • Medical condition coding software
  • Medical procedure coding software
  • PointClickCare
  • Prescription processing software
  • Telephone triage software
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office
Operating system software
  • Microsoft Windows
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Video conferencing software
  • FaceTime
Video creation and editing software
  • YouTube
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word

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Job Title Examples

Charge Nurse,  Clinic Nurse,  Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN),  Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (CLINIC Lpn),  Office Nurse,  Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse (PEDIATRIC Lpn),  Private Duty Nurse,  Triage Licensed Practical Nurse (TRIAGE Lpn) 


Where Do Licensed Practical Nurses Work?

Licensed Practical Nurses often work in the following industries.


Similar Careers

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