If you’re considering returning to school to become a nurse, you may be wondering if a vocational nursing program is right for you instead of a traditional four-year program at a college. The biggest difference between the two programs is the length of time for completion. A vocational training program will have you ready to join the nursing profession in less than a year.
As a licensed vocational nurse (LVN), you’ll provide basic nursing care while being supervised by registered nurses and/or doctors. This care may include:
- Taking vital signs
- Administering prescribed medications or treatments, including injections
- Serving meals
- Providing personal care
- Cleaning equipment and instruments
When choosing a career, you want one that is recession-proof and that has a good outlook for the future. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the job outlook for LVNs will continue to grow at a rate of 25 percent through 2022. This is a faster rate than many other full-time occupations.
According to a 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics survey, the average wage for an LVN in California is $52,422 a year. Most also receive benefits from their employers that include sick days, vacation and health insurance.
At the conclusion of your vocational training, you will be required to pass a fingerprint background check, as well as the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) exam. Once you become an LVN, you always have the option later to advance to a higher level of nursing. Many colleges offer completion programs where you can continue working as an LVN while working towards a registered nursing degree.
If you’re seeking financial independence, choosing to enter a vocational nursing program will open doors for you in the medical field and provide you with a stable career to provide for your family.
If you're interested in becoming an LVN in just 10 months, check out our latest LVN guide below!