A licensed vocational nurse (LVN), otherwise known as licensed practical nurse (LPN) outside of the states of California and Texas, is tasked to address the needs of the disabled, the sick and injured closely. It is an occupation that is considered by many as a critical part of the medical profession. While the position is often independent in nature, a vocational nurse often gets supervised by the physician and registered nurse. Like any nursing job, vocational nursing has many challenges and numerous tasks.
Depending on the work location and set-up, the tasks include assisting the health care team in patient care (doing physical check-ups, collecting laboratory specimens, and physically helping the patient), doing supportive health care functions (help lessen the patient’s anxiety during examinations), direct bedside care, assessing the patient’s condition, clerical functions (recording the patient’s vital information and doing paperwork) and more. In addition, much of vocational nursing requires constant communication and vocational nurses are tasked to communicate with their patients kindly, clearly and patiently in order to achieve a complete understanding. Moreover, vocational nurses must understand the situations their patients are in and must be able to relate with how they feel.
LVNs in California & Texas Make the Most
Like that of any other occupation, the salary of the licensed vocational nurse varies based on experience, educational attainment, work location, type of employer and the medical setting of the workplace. A vocational nurse with less than 12 months worth of work experience can get paid from $39,000 to $47,090 a year. Those who worked between one to four years are paid with salaries ranging from $44,000 to as high as $57,000. Vocational nurses who worked five to nine years are paid between $47,000 to $63,485. Those with ten to nineteen years of experience are entitled to demand a salary ranging from $54,000 to $69,900. The vocational nurse with over 20 years of work experience gets paid from $58,000 to $73,090. Other than tenure, salaries also differ between California and Texas. A vocational nurse in Texas can receive between $49,000 and $54,000 per year while those in California have noticeably higher salaries from $51,000 to $62,700. As a result of California’s high cost of living, earnings can be slightly higher for those working as vocational nurses in Texas.
In light of the weak economy and lack of job opportunities around the nation, working as a licensed vocational nurse is a good option for any qualified jobseeker. As America’s population grows, the demand of medical services is already generating new job opportunities not only for those who seek jobs to make money but also those who can dedicate themselves to help people and care for them. The annual LVN salary (or LPN in other states) is arguably sufficient enough for those who need to make their ends meet and ensure their survival. In addition to the competitive vocational nursing salary, regular LVNs are entitled to benefits including dental insurance, medical insurance, vacation leaves, sick leaves and most notably retirement packages.