If you’re getting your LPN or LVN cert, congratulations! You’ve made it to the final few weeks before starting your clinical rotations. The next few months will be challenging but worth it. You will learn a ton of practical nursing skills that you can put into practice right away. But there’s more to becoming a Nurse Practitioner (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) than just showing up at the nursing stations and pretending to take care of patients. Before you enroll in any nursing program, make sure that it offers an accredited practical experience requirement for both LPNs and LVNs. Both nurse practitioner (LPN) and licensed vocational nurse (LVN) programs generally meet this requirement, so check out each school’s website to see if they offer an official practicum that qualifies as an accredited program. The link for all CNA schools is included in the resources section at the end of this post.
What is a Practical Experience?
A practical experience is training that directly teaches you the skills you need to practice as a nurse. Typically, this is216-hour courses that give you hands-on experience working in a hospital setting. These are often taught as elective courses, meaning they are not required by the school’s nursing program. Some schools offer a combination of regulated and elective hours, while others only offer a single elective-heavy track. Some schools offer a month-long paid internship or a week-long paid clinics (where you work under the direction of a licensed nurse) where you can get hands-on experience in the real world.
What are the LPN and LVN WorkLife Skills?
As the name suggests, the LPN and LVN work life skills are the same. You’ll learn a lot about yourself in this program, both medically and as a nurse practitioner. You’ll gain an understanding of your personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as develop effective communication and collaboration skills with patients of all ages. You’ll practice skills like self-management, time management, as well as goal setting and Achievements-oriented Learning, which are important for career success.
Find a School That Offers an Accredited Practicum for Practical Nurses
Most nursing programs offer a practical experience requirement. This is a broad term that refers to the training a practical experience works. In other words, if a school offers a practical experience requirement, it means that the clinical training you’ll complete is equivalent to the hours you spend in the clinical setting. Typically, a practical experience can be fulfilled through a number of different settings, including: Hospitals Kinship or community-based care Clinics Long-term care facilities Rehabilitation facilities Some schools also offer an experiential requirement—that is, you have to spend time in the field, which can be done as part of a practical experience or on your own.
Become a Registered Nurse (RN) before you Start Your Nursing Program
Before you sign up for a nursing program, you’ll need to become a Registered Nurse (RN). To earn your RN license, you’ll typically have to pass a state-issued standardized test, complete 80 hours of post-secondary education, and complete a supervised practical experience. You can usually start your training after you’ve completed your undergraduate degree, so you won’t be fully qualified to work as a nurse until after you’ve completed some level of education.
Make Sure You’re Studying the Right Things for Your Career
Like most careers, becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) is about more than just putting in the hours. You must also keep up with the latest nursing research, study current issues in nursing, and learn how to apply your new knowledge in the real world. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re studying the right thing for your career. Traditionally, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has designated which nursing programs provide an accredited practical experience. You can find this designation on theschool’s website, along with other important information about the program. This may help you decide if you’re ready to plunge into the world of practical nursing.
Becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) is a demanding profession. To fully succeed in this career, it’s crucial that you’re prepared both mentally and physically. To get ready for the challenges that lie ahead, it’s helpful to understand the benefits of an accredited practical experience.