What is a male nurse LPN? This is a Licensed Practical Nurse. There are many men today who are LPNs, and it continues to be a growing field for men, despite that it has been generally a female-dominated profession.
There are two main types of nurses, RN (Registered Nurse), and LPN. Most people are familiar with RNs, but there is also LPN. Sometimes LPN is also referred to as LVN, which means Licensed Vocational Nurse. It often depends on which state you are in.
To become a male LPN is a much shorter journey than becoming an RN. It usually only takes about a year of study to become an LPN. You are not required to have a degree, although you will be issued a certificate or diploma.
If you are a male nurse who is an LVN, once you complete the training you will need to take the NCLEX-PN (Practical Nurse) exam before you get your certification. This exam is quite challenging, so you will need to do a lot of preparation before you take it. It is a very good idea to procure a good study guide to help you with the preparation for the exam itself.
One of the problems for male nurses becoming LPNs is this: There is a massive shortage of nurses all around the world. Because of this, there is also a great shortage of nurse educators to teach the classes and provide the training. This means that many would be male nurse applicants are turned away every year because there just are not enough educators to train them or teach the classes.
This has created an unfortunate bottleneck in the industry, which is very frustrating. And because there is such a lack of qualified teaching staff for LPN training, it could take years before this backlog is corrected, as more nurses become instructors thereby allowing more students to get their LPN in a sort of trickle-down effect.
This is all the more reason why a career as an LPN is so helpful and needed and all the more reason why it is worth it to try as hard as possible to become a male nurse in this industry. It may not be easy, and there may be challenges such as shortages, but the medical field is desperate for caring, helpful male nurses.