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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Licensed practical nurses, or LPNs, provide simple bedside medical care to patients and are supervised by doctors. They answer patients' calls, apply bandages when needed, and take vital signs. They may also give patients baths, help brush their teeth, and get them dressed. LPNs can also help doctors by collecting blood and setting up exam rooms.

Salary increases are possible. You may also have the chance to become a supervisor. With a combination of an academic degree and 5-6 years of work experience, you could become a Registered Nurse, or RN.

Entry-level skills: High school diploma or GED required, NCLEX-LPN certification required; excellent verbal and written communication ability; specific training in nursing care; upper body strength (to be able to move clients); patience and caring attitude

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