A licensed practical nurse (LPN) is a licensed health care practitioner who provides nursing care under the direction of an RN, CNS, NP, midwife, physician, physician assistant, specialist assistant, dentist or podiatrist. LPNs provide compassionate care that is respectful of each patient’s needs, values and wishes. They work a variety of settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, mental health facilities, clinics, private practices, correctional facilities, and private homes.
New York law does not allow LPNs to: practice nursing independently, perform nursing assessments or triage, develop nursing care plans or provide mental health counseling. LPNs are not allowed to provide clinical services that require nursing or medical assessments. For example, LPNs do not administer IV chemotherapy, IV anesthesia or IV antibody therapy.
To be licensed and registered as an LPN in New York State, you must:
In New York State, some nursing school graduates (who have applied for an RN or LPN license and a limited permit) may qualify to practice nursing before being licensed and registered as an RN or LPN. NYSED issues limited permits to qualified nursing school graduates, allowing them to temporarily practice nursing under RN supervision.
To meet the education requirements for an LPN license, you must complete high school or the equivalent and graduate from a nursing education program acceptable to the New York State Education Department (NYSED). You will also have to complete infection control coursework acceptable to NYSED or qualify for an exemption.
Acceptable Nursing Education Programs.
You must graduate from a nursing education program that meets one of the five criteria below.
To meet the examination requirements for licensure as a registered professional nurse and/or licensed practical nurse, you must successfully complete the NCLEX examination developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and administered by Pearson VUE. For those applicants applying for licensure based upon licensure in another jurisdiction, scores from the State Board Test Pool (SBTP) examination and NCLEX may be accepted for licensure. The licensing authority in the jurisdiction in which you took the examination (see instructions for Form 3) or Nursys (see Verification of Nurse Licensure in Another State) must verify acceptable scores on the examination(s) directly to the Office of the Professions.
To qualify to take the NCLEX-PN examination, you must:
*If you are a graduate of a New York State nursing program, or an approved nursing program in the U.S., you may apply for the examination at any time after submitting all the items in 1 and 2 above. If you are a non-U.S. nursing program graduate, you may only apply for the examination after receiving a letter from the New York State Education Department notifying you that your education has been approved and you are now eligible to sit for the examination.
The fee for licensure and first registration is $143.
The fee for a limited permit is $35.
In 2014, there were 3,616 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 3,537 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2016, there were 70,308 active licenses for this occupation.
New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 280
Fax: (518) 474-3398
29-2061 - Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
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National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc.
3801 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 190
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: (800) 948-2511 or (919) 779-0046
Fax: (919) 779-5642
Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.
This page was last updated on 11/29/16.
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