Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) work as an integral part of a nursing team, assisting an RN or Doctor in performing essential nursing tasks helping ensure the health and wellbeing of their patients. Travel LPN assignments are available across the country.
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The salary of a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse can vary significantly depending on the experience of the nurse as well as the experience, certifications, and location they are working in. The median annual salary for a licensed practical or licensed vocational nurse was $48,820 per year or $23.47 per hour in 2020 with most earning between $42,060 and $57,860 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entry-level LPN jobs or those with the lowest 10% salary earned around $35,570, while the highest 10% earned more than $65,520. Typically, a travel LPN job will provide higher hourly and weekly pay than permanent positions in the same location.
Alaska pays the highest average salary according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics with an average annual wage of $67,620 and an hourly wage of $32.51, though Alaska employs less than 350 LPNs in the state. The next highest paying state California also employs the most LPNs in the country at more than 70,000. LPNs in California get paid an average salary of $64,090 per year and $30.81 per hour, followed by Massachusetts ($60,400 per year, $29.04 per hour), Washington ($59,780 per year, $28.74 per hour), Nevada ($59,700 per year, $28.70 per hour), and Rhode Island ($59,090 per year, $28.41 per hour).
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses seeking the highest paying contract should also be considering the cost of living in the state the position is located in. When comparing adjusted LPN/LVN salaries, Illinois is the highest paying state for LPN and LVN jobs. The other states with the highest adjusted salary for LPN positions are Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona.
LPNs are typically the primary caregivers in nursing homes, hospitals, and other medical facilities. They help patients with their daily activities and provide emotional support. LPNs work under the supervision of doctors and nurses to help patients who require medication, assistance, and at-home care. Their duties include collecting samples, taking vital signs, seeing if the patient is in any pain or discomfort, verifying that their condition is improving as we expected.
LPN/LVN programs can be completed in less time than RN programs, allowing individuals to quickly begin working as a nurse. LPN/LVN programs are very much structured around learning how to perform the necessary skills required to take care of patients. LPNs/LVNs are generally required to practice under the supervision of a registered nurse.
Finding a desirable travel assignment shouldn’t be a full-time job. Fusion Marketplace gives travel LPNs the autonomy to secure their next healthcare placement in only a few clicks with less paperwork. With a professional traveler profile, Fusion Marketplace helps healthcare travelers find their next job that aligns with their top career priorities. With complete transparency into each job including benefits, pay packages, staffing agencies, and recruiters, Fusion Marketplace makes the unknown known for travel nurses across the country.
There is a growing demand for LPNs in a variety of settings as more health care organizations are building a team nursing approach to providing nursing care. The national nursing shortage is opening more opportunities for LPNs and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses should grow by 9% from 2020 to 2030.
Many travel LPNs find work through recruitment agencies and marketplaces, which means you have better access to job boards to choose your schedule, location, and salary. When you begin browsing for jobs, be sure to consider the housing options, the benefits, the guaranteed hours' policy, and the recruiting company’s overall reputation.
The good news is that Fusion Marketplace has everything you need when it comes to finding the perfect LPN travel job. Here, you have the freedom to compare benefits, packages, and staffing agencies—all in one place. So create a profile and find your next job today.