Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

A Typical Day

  • Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.
  • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
  • Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.
  • Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration.

Recommended Credentials

Attend a LPN program at a hospital, vocational school or community college

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Northwestern Michigan College, Practical Nursing Certificate 

Elsewhere in Michigan


Muskegon Community College, Nursing Program 

Western Michigan University, Bronson School of Nursing 

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Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center - Allied Health 

Sample Employers in Our Region

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Sample Job Titles...

  • Charge Nurse
  • Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (CLINIC LPN)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Office Nurse
  • Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse (PEDIATRIC LPN)

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