Med Surg LPN Career Guide

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Med-Surg LPNs/LVNs (Licensed Practical Nurses / Licensed Vocational Nurses) play a crucial role in providing direct patient care in medical-surgical units of healthcare facilities. They are essential members of the healthcare team who assist in the treatment and recovery of patients with a wide range of medical conditions.

Essential Job Functions:

Med-Surg LPNs/LVNs provide basic nursing care, administer medications, monitor


To become a Med-Surg LPN/LVN, you must complete a state-approved practical nursing program, which usually takes about 12 to 18 months to complete. These programs are offered by vocational schools, community colleges and some hospitals.

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Related certifications

Upon completing your practical nursing program, you must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to become a licensed LPN/LVN.


Staff and Travel Med-Surg LPNs/LVNs need a strong foundation in nursing principles, including wound care, medication administration and patient assessment. Excellent communication skills, empathy and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment are essential.

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Med-Surg LPNs/LVNs provide direct patient care, administer medications, monitor patients' conditions, document observations and collaborate with the healthcare team to ensure patients' comfort and well-being.

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Med Surg LPN

The average salary for a Med Surg LPN is $1,459.18 per week.

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Pros & Cons

Becoming a Med-Surg LPN/LVN offers several advantages, including a relatively shorter education path compared to registered nursing, steady demand for healthcare professionals and the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on patients' lives.

However, there are challenges to consider. The role can be physically demanding, requiring LPNs/LVNs to lift and move patients. The work environment can be emotionally intense, especially when

Med Surg LPN Jobs

View job details for Altoona, PATravel ContractAltoona, PATravel LPN / LVN - Med SurgCross Country Nurses$2,010/wk
View job details for Multiple Cities, CATravel ContractMultiple Cities, CATravel LPN / LVN - Med SurgHealthcare Support$4,464/wkEstimated pay package
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View job details for King City, CATravel ContractKing City, CATravel LPN / LVN - Med SurgCross Country Nurses$1,695/wkEstimated pay package
Posted 9 days ago
View job details for Oswego, NYTravel ContractOswego, NYTravel LPN / LVN - Med SurgCross Country Nurses$1,675/wk

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