LPN Programs in Las Vegas and Greater Nevada

Nevada is known for the desert, mountains, and also for the city of Las Vegas. If you’re from Nevada, continue reading to find information related to LPN education and licensing. The first section on this page presents information about how LPN programs in Nevada are set up. The second section gives examples of LPN job tasks. This page’s third section describes some requirements that the state of Nevada has put place in for people wanting to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, The fourth section below provides a list of schools in Nevada that may offer Practical Nursing courses or programs.

Practical Nurse Schooling: Basic/General Information

LPN schooling programs in Nevada help prepare students to perform the job duties necessary to be a practical nurse in a medical setting. They do this through theoretical and practical education; it may take place in the classroom, lab, and clinicals. Practical nursing classes present a lot of head knowledge, but they also teach students practical skills. Students are usually given the opportunity to practice these skills in labs that accompany some of the classes. As they progress in a course, students can then begin to practice those skills in real life medical settings during clinicals, where they work in a medical setting as LPNs to get to know the profession and have supervised experience. They will usually start out with a lighter load of responsibility and gain more responsibility as they progress through the course.

Typical LPN Job Tasks in Nevada

LPNs may work in many places, from in-home healthcare services to hospitals, children’s homes, to nursing homes, and medical clinics to doctors’ offices. As a result, the LPNs’ job tasks tend to vary, sometimes being unique to the LPNs’ places of employment. For example, feeding babies in a NICU may be something that an LPN does in a hospital, while transferring patients from one place to another (such as from a wheelchair to a bed, etc.) may be something that LPNs in nursing homes do. LPNs may help with bedside care tasks, as well as other more specialized tasks.

Bedside care tasks can include taking care of the patient through dressing him, changing a patient’s clothes, washing their injuries, changing their bandages, giving the patient a bath, and helping them with personal hygiene. Monitoring a patient’s health status can include taking her vital signs, such as her blood sugar, blood pressure, pulse, oxygen level, weight, and any other important health status information. LPNs may also act as a liaison between a patient and their doctor, helping to communicate issues and concerns between the two of them. Other LPNs tasks may include supervising assistants and aides, administering medication, and completing paperwork. Sometimes, if an LPN has had specific schooling or is licensed to do so, he may be asked to help administer IV therapy or assist with dialysis, or other special, advanced tasks.

Information about Nevada Requirements for LPN Licensing

Just like other states, Nevada has a process that applicants for LPN licensing must go through in order to get their license. There are certain requirements and different requirements for different situations, all of which may not be listed here. For a comprehensive look and information on unique situations (such as foreign-educated LPNs), visit the Nevada State Board of Nursing website.

The first thing that Nevada LPN applicants must do is graduate from an approved program. Then, they must complete an application and mail it in, along with a fee (if required). Fingerprints, via Livescan or by using a fingerprint card, must be obtained for a criminal background check. If the applicant marked certain questions “yes” on the application (usually having to do with convictions or disciplinary actions), there may be certain documents the applicant is required to send in along with the application. A transcript from the nursing education program must also be sent in, and if the applicant graduated from a Nevada school, the school must send in an affidavit of education. This will allow the applicant to gain an interim permit that gives the applicant permission to work as an LPN for 90 days or until the results of the exam are received. The exam that prospective LPNs must take is called the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Exam—the Practical Nursing Version), also called the NCLEX-PN. This exam is administered on a computer, and is the standard test for Practical Nurses.

Nevada Colleges

The colleges listed below are places might (contact them to know for sure) have LPN schooling programs or courses.

College of Southern Nevada
6375 W. Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 651-5690

Great Basin College
1500 College Pkwy, Elko, NV 89801
(775) 753-2216

Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Blvd, Reno, NV 89512
(775) 676-7115

Western Nevada College
2201 W. College Pkwy, Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 445-3296