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A licensed practical/vocational nurse works closely with patients and nursing staff to apply patient care plans, clean wounds, and change bandages. They also assist with lifestyle tasks like bathing, dressing, feeding, and monitoring vital signs.

Career Details


Students in Licensed Practical/ Vocational Nurse are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Providing basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperature or blood pressure, under the supervision of a registered nurse
  • Observing patients, charting and reporting changes in their conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action
  • Administering prescribed medications to patients, and noting times and amounts on patients’ charts

Career Options

Most program graduates work with doctors and registered nurses to perform important healthcare tasks, such as measuring vital signs and observing patients. Licensed practical/vocational nurses usually work full time in hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, or extended care facilities.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Register with the state regulatory authority.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Healthcare training program can earn nationally recognized credentials from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and a state-issued credential/license.

Licensed Practical/ Vocational Nurse Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Concern for others
Quick decision-making skills
Stress tolerance

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