After CNA Training – CNA to LPN

Becoming an LPN After CNA Training cna training

After your CNA training you are certified to be able to assist medical staff such as nurses and doctors, but if you undertake Licensed Practicing Nurse training you are able to conduct basic nursing duties. The LPN job has a higher pay rate along with other benefits.

The Facts About Becoming An LPN After CNA Training

Why should I continue my studies after CNA training to become an LPN?
The rate of pay and job prospects increase greatly when you qualify as an LPN. This qualification also paves the way for registered nurse training. There is great scope for qualified nurses to gain employment, but there is also the opportunity for and LPN to work as either a Certified Nursing Assistant or a Home Health Aide if necessary.

What further study do I need to complete to become an LPN?
There is an intensive vocational education course that needs to be completed culminating in a standardized test and practical exam, much like you encounter in CNA training but much more advanced. There are also hefty placement requirements, these vary from state to state but average at about 500 hours. These requirements are essential in ensuring that LPNs are comfortable and competent with their job descriptions by the time they qualify.

Can I get credit for my CNA training and experience?
Recognition of prior learning is certainly possible at most institutions. Some of the units studied in CNA training are the ground work for LPN courses, but if you want credit for your placement or on the job experience you will need to have some sort of documentation that you have mastered the skills for which you are applying for credit. This can be done in most cases with a simple work place assessment conducted by an applicable impartial examiner.

What is the difference between the pay rates of a CNA and LPN?
There is on average a $15,000 per annum in the rate of pay between a Certified Nursing Assistant and a Licensed Practicing Nurse. This gap is thought to be increasing as the demand for qualified nursing staff grows. Other remuneration benefits such as increased holiday and sick leave entitlements may also be on the table.

How soon after my CNA training can I start studying to be an LPN?
You can begin to take on some LPN study units during your CNA training, just be sure not to overload yourself. Ensure you can handle the study load on top of your medical placement requirements before you to commit to additional study.
Otherwise you can commence study as soon as you feel ready. Already practicing CNAs may have an advantage due to their hands on knowledge of the medical industry.

Where can I go for further information?
If you have had a positive experience with your CNA training provider, then it is best to talk to their nursing department first. Even if they do not offer the LPN course they can certainly point you in the direction of a reputable education provider. If this does not apply to your situation then contacting providers and visiting nursing forums to discover other student’s LPN training experiences is a good place to start.

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