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LVNs are IN! Be Well-Paid While Working Your Way Up

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), referred to as licensed practical nurses in some other states, are in high demand. LVNs care for the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. LVNs account for one in every four nursing occupations in the Gulf Coast region. Health care providers in the Gulf Coast region are growing at a fast pace in response to a population growth rate that is much higher than that of the nation.

One benefit of becoming an LVN is the ability to gain LVN certification fairly quickly (one year) and then have the opportunity to work in a relatively well-paid occupation while continuing your education for RN licensure. As an alternative to an initial two or three years to complete an associate's degree in nursing or four or five years to complete a bachelor degree program, you spend one year in LVN training, gain some work experience at the LVN level and then return to school for either an LVN to RN program in a community college or an LVN to BSN program at a university campus or online program.

Factors contributing to the shortage:

  • A growing and aging population
  • A workforce that is approaching retirement age
  • Limited faculty available for training programs
  • Increasing providers of health care in southeast Texas

 


The number of LVN jobs are expected to increase by 28.5 percent from 2012 to 2022 with a demand for over 800 new LVNs each year!

The number of LVN jobs are expected to increase by 28.5 percent from 2012 to 2022 with a demand for over 800 new LVNs each year!

 


Licensed Vocational Nurses earn 33 percent higher wages than the average HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE.

Licensed Vocational Nurses earn 33 percent higher wages than the average HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE.

 


Earning Your Degree: Where LVNs Begin

Earning Your Degree: Where LVNs BeginAn LVN career can start in less than one year. Te path to obtaining a license generally begins through the completion of a vocational nursing program approved by the Board of Nursing offered at:

  • Community colleges
  • Vocational schools

 


Texas licensure must meet the following requirements:

  • Graduation from high school or hold G.E.D. certificate.
  • Completion of an approved school of vocational/practical nursing with a minimum grade of "C" in all nursing courses.
  • Satisfactory score in one of the following examinations:
    • State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE)- with a minimum score of 350
    • National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN®)
  • Must complete mandatory criminal background check requirements.

Additional information can be found at:

 


Start Early and Be Prepared

Gaining admission into nursing programs is very competitive. More students are turned away each year than are accepted.  Students should strive for the highest GPA possible to provide them with the edge needed for acceptance into a nursing program. Gaining admission into nursing programs is very competitive. More students are turned away each year than are accepted.  Students should strive for the highest GPA possible to provide them with the edge needed for acceptance into a nursing program.

Nursing requires a high school background with strengths in English comprehension, algebra, chemistry, biology, basic math and psychology.

 


Preparing for a Licensed Vocational Nursing Career*

9th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English I

World Geography

Career-Related Electives:

Introduction to Health Science Technology AND Medical Terminology

Algebra I

Languages other than English I

Biology

Health/PE or Equivalent

10th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English II

World History

Career-Related Electives:

Health Science Technology I or Mental Health or Gerontology

Geometry

Languages other than English II

Chemistry

Technology Applications

11th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English III

United States History

Career-Related Electives:

Health Science Technology II or Anatomy and Physiology of Human Systems or Gerontology or Languages

other than English III

Algebra II

Communication Applications

Physics

PE or Equivalent

12th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English IV

Government/Economics

Career-Related Electives:

Health Science Technology III or Independent Study or Pathophysiology or Medical Microbiology or Pharmacology or Clinical Nutrition or Psychology or Languages other than English IV

AP Statistics

Fine Arts

Scientific Research

and Design

 

*Source: AchieveTexas.org

Gulf Coast Region Licensed Vocational Nurse Programs

Gulf Coast Region Licensed Vocational Nurse ProgramsCommunity Colleges

Major Employers in the Gulf Coast Region

  • Nursing homes hire large numbers of LVN's.
  • Most community hospitals hire LVN's. However, fewer LVN positions are available in very specialized hospitals like those in the Texas Medical Center.
  • Long term care hospitals such as Triumph, Kindred, Select and Cornerstone hire many LVN's.
  • Physicians' offices hire LVN's
  • Psychiatric facilities and services for developmentally disabled persons, such as MHMRA and IntraCare, hire LVNs.
  • Community clinics such as Good Neighbor, San Jose, El Centro de Corazon, and Legacy hire LVNs.
  • City and county health departments hire LVNs.
*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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