Everything You Should Know About LPNs in Florida

LPN career basics

This job has a few names depending on the state you practice. For example, it's known as licensed practical nurse (LPN) or simply practical nurse in Florida. Other states like Texas and California refer to it as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN). Regardless of what you call them, LPNs or LVNs are entry-level nurses. 

As an LPN, you provide primary nursing care. In addition, you will be the assistant to and under doctors and registered nurses (RN) supervision. 

The most popular advantages of this career path are:

  • Among the shorter duration of educational programs compared to others in the nursing field.
  • Flexible work routine.
  • High demand in the nursing field creates more job opportunities.
  • It opens a career path to those seeking to become registered nurses.

What does an LPN do?

LPNs handle most of the routine tasks of day-to-day medical care. Typically they dispense medication and perform basic medical tasks such as changing bandages. Other duties include:

  • Measure vital signs and document them in patient's records.
  • Assist doctors and nurses with patient care, including procedures and exams.
  • Administer medication or vaccines, and after obtaining the additional education, start IVs and catheters.
  • Communicate with other health professionals regarding patients records. 

Where do LPNs work?

Place of work varies from state to state. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), LPNs work primarily in nursing and residential care facilities and doctor's offices in Florida. They also provide home health care at a patients' home, nursing home, hospice center, hospitals, and other ambulatory clinics.

How much does an LPN earn in Florida?

A practical nurse earns on average $46,290 per year and about $7,500 of overtime per year. The most common benefits are paid time off, 401 (k), health insurance, license reimbursement and tuition reimbursement. 

According to Indeed.com, the highest paying cities for LPNs in Florida are:

  1. Fort Lauderdale
  2. Miami
  3. Fort Myers

The highest-paid states for LPNs are Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Alaska, Nevada and Connecticut. 

What is the LPN job outlook in Florida?

According to Indeed's Hiring Lab, LPNs are the fourth most searched job title by Florida employers. 

TheBLS list Florida as the 4th highest employer of LPNs nationwide. They project this demand will grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030 nationwide. However, it is expected that this number will be somewhat higher in Florida.

The Department of Health and Human Services report on supply and demand projections of the nursing workforce estimates that Florida will face a shortage of LPNs starting in 2022, leading to a 12% shortage by 2030. The deficit translates to job stability, higher wages and better benefits as employers compete to fill their job openings

How to become an LPN in Florida?

To become a practical nurse, you must complete an approved educational program. This program usually takes a little more than a year to complete. 

The Medical Institute of Palm beach practical nurse program is among a few which offer day and evening classes. Starting on Jan 24, 2022, evening classes are available to a limited amount of students.

For more information about this and other healthcare educational programs, don't hesitate to contact our admissions director Anthony Massaro with questions at info@mipb.us or call him at +1 561 - 964 - 5148

Blog Post written by:
Dr. Eddie Martinez
Director of Education