10 Different Healthcare Settings for LPNs

Meg Lambrych, RN-BC
Updated May 22, 2024
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    Get an overview of the LPN profession and explore 10 healthcare workplaces that commonly employ LPNs.
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    Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide nursing care in various settings. Typically supervised by a registered nurse (RN) or physician, LPNs provide essential healthcare and support to patients.

    Explore 10 different healthcare workplaces that employ LPNs and their roles and responsibilities in each setting.

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    What Is an LPN?

    LPNs — known in Texas and California as licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) — are nurses who work under and alongside RNs. Most LPN programs take 12-18 months to complete. New grads can take the NCLEX-PN, the national exam necessary to work as an LPN.

    LPNs provide essential nursing services, such as taking vital signs, distributing medications, and performing wound care. Once you pass your boards, you can begin seeking a job as an LPN, gain professional experience, acquire more skills and certifications, or even complete additional schooling to receive your RN license.

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual LPN salary as of May 2023 was $59,730. The BLS further projects that the LPN job market could grow 5% each year from 2022 to 2032 — slightly faster than the national average.

    The following overviews some of the most popular workplaces for LPNs.

    Where Do LPNs Work?

    LPNs work anywhere healthcare is provided, and there have never been more professional options for them.

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      Nursing Homes, Residential Care, and Rehabilitation Centers

      The BLS reports that 35% of LPNs work in nursing homes and residential care facilities, making them the most common employer for this level of nursing. Under the supervision of the head RN, LPNs direct bedside care, assisting in the day-to-day management of residents, administering medication, taking and monitoring vital signs, and helping patients with daily tasks.

      LPNs in these settings may also start IVs, apply bandages, insert catheters, and record any changes in the patient’s health. To assist with these responsibilities, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) provide LPNs with help in performing some of their daily tasks.

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      Hospitals are the next most common employer for LPNs at 15%, according to the BLS. If you work in a large hospital, you can try different areas to see which one suits you, whether inpatient or outpatient, pediatrics, surgery, or other specialties. In this role, you’ll help patients with daily living activities and support RNs and other clinicians. You might also administer medications, insert catheter and IV lines, and reinforce patient teaching.

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      Home Healthcare

      Home healthcare is growing, offering more home health nursing opportunities. This growth results from a combination of new technology for remote monitoring and a growing preference for aging at home, which can be more comfortable and less expensive than other options. Nearly as many LPNs (14%) work in home healthcare as those who work in hospitals.

      Most home healthcare LPNs work for an agency and are typically paid by case rather than hourly, so their salary is based on the number of patients seen as opposed to hours worked.

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      Physician’s Offices

      According to the BLS, the fourth most common workplace setting for LPNs is physicians’ offices. Working in a doctor’s office provides a slower-paced environment compared to that of a hospital or clinic. LPNs in this setting benefit from a set schedule, generally without night or weekend hours. Typically, LPNs receive major holidays off work.

      In a physician’s office, LPNs work under the supervision of the office’s primary RN and physician. While specific tasks vary by type of practice, LPNs provide basic nursing care. General responsibilities include recording patients’ medical histories, taking vitals (e.g., temperature, blood pressure, heart rate), administering certain vaccinations, or performing administrative tasks, such as setting future appointments.

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      Government facilities, including correctional facilities, Veterans Administration departments, and military bases, employ 7% of LPNs, according to the BLS. Government facilities provide a variety of LPN career options and offer good benefits, such as retirement plans. Many government employers include financial aid for nursing education in their benefits.

      As in other settings, an LPN’s work in government includes supporting clinical staff and assisting patients.

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      LPNs have the option of working under the supervision of a school nurse or other clinician at a public or private school. Because LPNs do not have their RN license, most schools do not allow them to fill the role of primary school nurse.

      The main responsibility of an LPN within a school would be to treat minor medical issues (e.g., dress wounds), determine if students need additional care or treatment, perform regular testing of the students’ hearing and sight, and make sure vaccination records are up-to-date.

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      Ambulatory Clinics

      In a clinic, LPNs support other nurses, practitioners, and clinicians under the supervision of either an RN or a physician. Responsibilities vary by the type of clinic and specialty.

      LPNs treat patients of all genders, ages, and ailments in a general clinic. However, a specialty clinic could require focusing on a specific population of patients, such as infant care, oncology, and cardiology.

      Regardless of the type of clinic, general duties for LPNs include taking and monitoring vitals, dispensing medication, performing injections, and scheduling appointments.

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      Hospice and Palliative Care

      Hospice nursing care, like nursing home care, is one of the most rewarding yet emotionally demanding career options for LPNs. Hospice care serves patients who are expected to live six months or fewer, either in their homes or at a hospice facility. Palliative nursing serves those with a longer life expectancy but is also considered an end-of-life care option.

      Because hospice care emphasizes caring for the whole patient, including psychological and spiritual needs, this job calls for great empathy and communication skills.

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      Remote Work

      During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth soared in popularity, and now many companies offer remote work for nurses, including LPNs.

      Common remote LPN positions include data abstraction, remote patient monitoring, utilization management, and phone triage. Because these LPNs work with a variety of software programs, you would likely need to be comfortable with technology. This healthcare job option does not involve direct patient care.

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      Travel Nursing

      Traveling LPNs can work in a variety of roles and settings. Depending on where you live and the agency you work for, you might work temporary jobs within one particular geographic area or across the country, especially in areas with nursing shortages.

      If you work shorter assignments, you might not feel the same rapport with colleagues you’ve gotten to know in long-term workplaces, but it is a great way to see the country, explore different career options, and increase your income.

    LPNs and Practice Settings: Frequently Asked Questions

    Yes. The LPN and LVN are equivalent titles and roles, with LVN being the preferred title in Texas and California.

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