Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey across America? As a travel Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), you get the chance to explore this incredible country while furthering your expertise in the healthcare field. From coast to coast, there are countless opportunities at healthcare facilities for a licensed practical nurse to make a lasting impact and gain valuable experience - no passport required! Take your professional life to the next level - explore the country, gain knowledge, and make long-lasting relationships with talented healthcare professionals and medical personnel across the nation.
1,253 LPN Travel jobs available
1,253 LPN Travel jobs available
Travel Licensed Practical Nurse FAQ
How Much Do Travel Licensed Practical Nurses Make?
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 traveling nurse jobs or those with the lowest 10% salary earned pay rates 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 for healthcare professionals in the same location.
Where are the Highest Paying Jobs for LPNs and LVNs?
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 states include California, which 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).
An LPN seeking the highest paying travel nursing contract through a healthcare staffing agency should also be considering the cost of living in the state the position is located in. When comparing adjusted LPN/LVN assignment 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.
What Does an LPN Do?
LPNs are typically the primary caregivers in nursing homes, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. They help patients with their daily activities and provide patient comfort and emotional support.
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) are invaluable healthcare professionals and typically are part of a medical team. They work with other allied health professionals and provide basic medical care to patients under the direction of registered nurses and doctors and perform a variety of tasks such as helping with daily activities like eating and bathing, taking vital signs, administering medications, wound care, collecting samples for lab testing, providing acute patient care, and provide patient education on treatments.
Typical LPN Duties:
Monitor patient health, including vital signs and overall condition
Assist doctors and registered nurses with patient care
Change dressings or insert catheters as needed
Administer medication and treatments as prescribed by a physician
Provide basic life activities such as eating, dressing, and bathing assistance to patients
Perform routine checks of patients' vital signs
Ensure that patients take their medications correctly
Provide acute patient care
Coordinate with other medical staff to provide the best possible care for patients
Answer phones and take messages
How to Become a Travel LPN?
To become a LPN travel nurse, you need to meet the qualifications of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) generalist. These qualifications include graduating from an accredited nursing program, passing the NCLEX-PN nursing license exam, completing continuing education requirements, and having recent clinical experience as an LPN.
Education & License Requirements
LPN/LVN programs can be completed in less time than RN programs, allowing individuals to quickly begin their nursing career and working as a travel LPN 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 licensed nurse. An LPN travel nurse must adhere to all state regulations for practice and are required to maintain certifications such as basic life support (BLS).
Can LPNs Travel with a Compact License?
Yes, an LPN can travel with a Compact LPN License. The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse to possess one license but practice in other participating states as long as the nurse is a resident of the home state and meets all requirements in both the home and remote states.
All NLC states recognize one another’s licenses and allow reciprocity for nurses to work temporarily in other member states without the requirement of obtaining an additional license. To conduct nursing practice in any of those NLC states, nurses have to register with the respective Board of Nursing.
Where are Travel LPN Assignments Available?
There is a growing demand for travel nursing jobs for LPNs in a variety of settings as more health care organizations are building a team nursing approach to providing care. The national nursing shortage is opening more available positions for travel LPN jobs in the hospital setting, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of Licensed Practical Nurse and Licensed Vocational Nurses should grow by 9% from 2020 to 2030.
Facilities Needing Travel LPNs
Home Health & Home Care
Assisted Living Facilities
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Long Term Care Facilities & Nursing Homes
Memory Care Units or Facilities
Mental Health and Psychiatric Facilities
Group Homes & Residential Care Homes
Critical Access, Community and Teaching Hospitals
How Do Pay Packages Work for Travel LPN Nursing Jobs?
While compensation offers can vary greatly depending on the contract or healthcare staffing agency offering, pay packages for LPN travel nursing pros typically have four major components: hourly taxable wages, meals and incidentals, housing, and travel.
Full-time nurses working at healthcare facilities receive a salary, but most LPN travel nursing employers offer hourly wage pay rates. Every pay package must include a taxable hourly wage, and the amount can vary depending on the shift, location, and specialty required of the LPN travel assignment.
Housing payments can be included in a payment from a healthcare staffing agency. This is typically offered to travel nurses in two ways. Either the company policy is to provide housing, or the traveler is taking the housing stipend. It is more beneficial for the traveler to take the housing stipend for two primary reasons. First, they will have a choice in where they stay. Everyone’s definitions of comfortable and acceptable are different. The second reason the housing stipend is more beneficial for them is that it can be given as a nontaxable amount to travel nurses.
Meals and Incidentals
Also known as per diems, meal and incidental stipends provide a daily budget for daily living expenses. These standards vary depending on the cost of living in cities and states across the country.
Travel is the last portion of the pay package. Many recruiters may not even offer travel reimbursement and instead put that money into the per diems or housing for their traveler so they are receiving the benefits over the entire contract, not just at the very beginning or end of the contract. While a travel stipend can be used to cover the cost of a flight for the traveler, it is more often than not used to subsidize the traveler’s expenses to and from most assignments. Travel expenses can be offered as a reimbursement rate per mile, though many agencies will opt to offer a flat rate to and from an assignment.