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Job Description

“Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic nursing care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.”
“Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.”

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (1, 2)

Job Outlook

In Illinois, the number of LPNs is expected to grow by 20% between 2012 and 2022, with 460 new job openings projected per year (not counting replacements). The number of RNs is projected to grow by 10.5%, with 1,189 new job openings per year. The median salary for LPNs in the Chicago metro area was $48,333 in 2014; for RNs, it was $72,336.

Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security

Education Requirements

LPN certificate programs generally take 1 year to complete. RN’s may follow one of three education paths: a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing (4 years), an associate’s degree in nursing (2-3 years), or a diploma program (usually administered in a hospital, 2-3 years).

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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