Long Term Acute Care LPN Career Guide

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A Long Term Acute Care Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) is a dedicated healthcare professional who provides specialized care to patients with complex medical conditions in long-term acute care facilities. These nurses play a vital role in ensuring the well-being of patients requiring extended medical treatment and support.

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Long Term Acute Care LPNs/LVNs


To become a Long Term Acute Care LPN/LVN, candidates need to complete a state-approved practical nursing program, which typically takes about 12-18 months. This education covers topics such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, patient care techniques and nursing ethics.

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Related certifications

Upon completing the practical nursing program, candidates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to obtain their LPN/LVN license. Some long-term acute care facilities may also require prior experience in a healthcare setting, particularly in areas such as medical-surgical nursing.


Long Term Acute Care LPNs/LVNs must possess a blend of clinical skills and compassion. Proficiency in patient assessment, medication administration, wound care and documentation is essential. Strong interpersonal skills, empathy and effective communication are crucial for building rapport with patients and their families.

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The primary responsibility of a Long Term Acute Care LPN/LVN is to provide continuous and specialized care to patients with chronic or complex conditions. This involves closely monitoring patients' progress, administering prescribed treatments, coordinating with the healthcare team and ensuring patients' physical and emotional well-being.

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Long Term Acute Care LPN

The average salary for a Long Term Acute Care LPN is $1,575.97 per week.

Last updated on October 2, 2023. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Becoming a Long Term Acute Care LPN/LVN offers several advantages. These nurses have the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with patients over an extended period, contributing to their holistic recovery. The role also allows LPNs/LVNs to work in a more specialized and focused healthcare setting.

However, challenges may include working with patients who have chronic illnesses and complex medical needs, which

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