Long Term Care LPN Career Guide

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Long Term Care Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) or Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) play a crucial role in providing essential healthcare services to residents of long-term care facilities. If you're interested in a nursing career that involves caring for individuals in a more stable and extended care setting, becoming a Long Term Care LPN/LVN could be a rewarding path.



To become a Long Term Care LPN/LVN, you need to complete a state-approved practical or vocational nursing program, which typically takes about 12 to 18 months. These programs are available at community colleges, vocational schools and some healthcare facilities.

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Related certifications

After completing the educational program, you need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to obtain your LPN/LVN license. Some states may have additional requirements. Experience gained through internships, clinical rotations or related healthcare roles can be beneficial.


Success in this role requires a compassionate and patient-centered approach, excellent communication skills, proficiency in basic nursing techniques, knowledge of geriatric care, the ability to manage multiple tasks and adaptability to the unique needs of long-term care residents.

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Long Term Care LPNs/LVNs administer medications, monitor residents' vital signs, dress wounds, assist with activities such as bathing and dressing, provide emotional support, communicate with families and ensure the overall well-being of residents.

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Long Term Care LPN

The average salary for a Long Term Care LPN is $1,530.73 per week.

Last updated on September 25, 2023. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Becoming a Long Term Care LPN/LVN offers several advantages. It's a stable and in-demand field with various job opportunities. The role allows for meaningful connections with residents and their families, contributing to their quality of life.

On the flip side, the work can be emotionally demanding, as you might develop close relationships with residents who have chronic illnesses or complex needs.

Long Term Care LPN Jobs

View job details for Tupelo, MSTravel ContractTupelo, MSTravel LPN / LVN - Long Term CareCross Country Nurses$1,495/wk
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View job details for Ainsworth, NETravel ContractAinsworth, NETravel LPN / LVN - Long Term CareConnected Health Care $2,957/wk
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View job details for Rome, GATravel ContractRome, GATravel LPN / LVN - Long Term CareCross Country Nurses$1,195/wk
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View job details for Minocqua, WITravel ContractMinocqua, WITravel LPN / LVN - Long Term CareIDR Healthcare$2,412/wk
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