A licensed practical nurse (LPN) is a healthcare provider that delivers healthcare services under the direction of registered nurses (RNs) and physicians. LPNs take samples, give medications, collect vitals and offer support as part of daily tasks. LPNs work at facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals and long-term care facilities.
To practice as an LPN, individuals must have an associate degree or certificate from a state-accepted program. LPNs must also pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
Compared to RNs, LPNs are more focused on care delivery than plan development and management.