Career & Salary

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Career and Working Conditions

 Some of you might be wondering what you could expect if you followed the steps necessary to get certified as a LVN. This is a very rewarding job, because everyone will have the chance to perform many different essential medical functions. There are so many options out there, that you will need to make sure you get the most out of them. You might want to work alongside other experienced medical staff in a hospital setting. Many types of nurses also enjoy working in a clinic atmosphere. As you advance and get more training, you will find that more options will become available to you.


Others will naturally be interested in the different types of income options at their disposal. For somemone who haven't had a nursing job before, they might be impressed by the amount of money you can make. An experienced vocational nurse should not have any problems with getting over $60,000 in a year, the average LVN salary is around $47,000 - source: This number may vary based on a few different factors. There are some locations in this country that have a higher demand for these nurses, so they will naturally want to pay more money. Try to find the places where your skills are in the highest demand.

A Day as a LVN in California

 There are many different types of experiences that a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) can expect to encounter. They will be one of the most valuable assets that a hospital can have, because they will be needed to perform vital medical tasks. There are patients that will need to have routine procedures done, such as blood tests and other evaluations. These minor tests may take up quite a bit of the hospital's time. Though it may seem hard to believe, having well trained nurses on staff can make the entire system run much more smoothly for the hospital.

 Since these nurses are in high demand, they can expect to face some long hours in the hospital. I have been asked to fill long shifts that might run up to 12 hours a day. This can be challenging, but it is important for the hospital to rely on these trained medical professionals. I know that my hospital appreciates the work that i put in to developing these skills. I also find it very rewarding to see that my patients are well taken care of while they are here. Some of them may come in to the hospital feeling very sick, but quickly leave feeling better than ever. I get a great feeling knowing that I have been a part of this essential healing process.

 I would also like to emphasize that many people will simply enjoy the challenge that the medical field presents to them. As a LVN, I will be asked to learn a number of different vital skills that can be used throughout my day. It makes me proud to realize that I have cultivated a vast body of expertise on different medical techniques. Though the work itself may be challenging, it represents something that I can be proud of in my life. You may want to think about whether you would like to feel this sense of satisfaction for yourself.

LVN Tips #5 - Time Saving

Anatomy and Physiology takes up a great amount of time, if you just started to anatomy and physiology in your thinking, I'll tell you when it slows down, it slow down after your exam. You never get a break, so you need to learn to use your time wisely and you've already been told this probably by a million different people but think about all of those times where you're waiting for something or you're just, not really doing anything or you're in between doing things like catching a bus, or catching a train, those are the times that you should be pulling out your text book or your notes or if you get hand to buy a bunch of notes by the teacher and there's things in there that you're not quite understanding or getting a grasp on, don't put them in your folder and in little plastic safes, take those notes, put them in your handbag and then when you're going home from college, pull them out and read them.

Most people will spend about an hour an afternoon or an hour in the morning, using public transport, so use that time, that's two hours of study a day using a public transport. And another thing is if you're riding and taking notes and you're catching public transport and you get on and there's no seat so it’s really difficult to write when you're standing up, go up to somebody and just ask them, I'm studying nursing and I've got this assignment due, or I've got an exam that I'm studying for and I really need to do some writing, would you mind if I could have your seat. I'm telling you now people would do things just because you ask, because they didn't expect the answer, they'll agree with what you're saying because they think you're a leader, and everyone needs a leader, particularly on a public transport - because what if something goes wrong - no one will know what to do; and you know, you're a nurse - make sure you tell them you are a nurse, because everybody loves nurses.

LVN Tips #4 - Highlighter Pens

I use different colors for different things, for example:

 Yellow - if something comes up in our textbook, and it seems like a handy hint, clinical practice for practical nursing, then I'll use my highlighter the yellow one - I don't use it any other time, except for highlight areas that might come in handy for practical nursing for example here - when we're learning about blood and the cardiovascular system, when we learnt about blood pressure, I thought that was pretty important for learning the practical side of nursing , where I would take the patient's blood pressure so I highlighted that in the yellow color.
 Pink - I used for words like a glossary or dictionary, like wherever a word would come up with a really good description like the basis of the word, I would highlight it in pink.
 Blue - I would use whenever the teacher would say this is going to be on the exam or you need to know this, copy this, I would write my note she'd ask me to copy or highlight the passage in the book that was related to that and nothing else was in blue.

 You might ask what happens when you need to highlight something that's both for practical and is also going to exam and it also contains a word for the dictionary. Well, there you go, that's how you do it. Obviously, makes the word, you just put bars, you don't have to highlight the words, just highlight the, obviously this is for the practical nursing - highlight the areas with those, so that's how you do it. That's how I do it; it works for me, works very well. I found, even though I had to turn off the camera to find that, I find it pretty much less than thirty seconds.

 And post it sticky things - very good for things that are very good - you know what they're good for - so that's something and write in your book, tag notes, use highlighters. And that's what I want to show you - if you've never done the highlighting the way I just told you to, again don't be precious about your highlighters just nobody cares about text books or highlighters in nursing and there is no crying in the nursing school. So you might write glossary on your highlighting pen and it's going to come off your hand when you use it, but anyway, so you write glossary until you've got it in your head what color is for what, and it works for me and it's good.

LVN Tips #3: Text Books

Use your beautiful text books, use them. I know when most of us get our text books, they're so expensive and we wait for our booklist, we end up getting the books, and we sort of adore them, we just love them but this is a book for learning, it's not a book to put on your shelf, you don't need to do that. You need to use it. Look, chances are if you're protective of your books like I am in most cases, I'm just really, I look after my books, but with text books in particularly with the nursing course, I know that I'm only going to be using these books when I'm in nursing school because nurses learn for the rest of their lives so you're probably going to get a mass a great library of medical and nursing books in general.

 Make use of it, stick things in it, this might look like sacrilege to some people and there is a girl in my course who saw me writing in my book and highlighting and sticking notes and she was horrified and I just said, "I don't intend selling this book when I'm finished because I'm probably only going to get about twenty dollars for it, so I'm not going to spend my days at college worrying that I'm going to crease the pages of my book. It's stupid, I'm not saying it's stupid, I'm just saying you'd better served to use your book wisely and highlight areas, write notes - find an area where - you know what a note looks like, I write all over my books. If I do use this book again, it's not going to matter if it's got highlighting or if it's got notes in it but what matters is I'll still be able to understand what I'm reading and that the information I need is in it. So, use it, write in it, don't worry about it, it will be okay and make more if you're so worried about it, buy someone else's second hand text books for twenty dollars. Use your text books; don't worry about them, if they fall apart - fantastic, who cares.