The Practical Nursing program at Porter and Chester Institute (PCI) can be completed in as few as 15 months. Within the program, students will learn things like how to change dressings, how to help patients bathe and dress, how to take patient histories, how to record patient information, how to serve as a liaison between patient and medical team, and how to take vital signs. Also included in the program is preparation for students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
Students can do several things within the practical nursing field. One of those is travel nursing. Although some travel nursing jobs require an active Registered Nurse (RN) license, there may be certain options for qualified Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), as well. Some potential added requirements for LPNs to become travel nurses include experience and/or location.
As a travel LPN, there are some duties that may be more common than others. These may include:
- Visit patients in their homes
- Provide assistance to residents at nursing facilities or hospitals that are short-staffed
- Provide extra assistance or long-term care in remote areas
- Everyday care (helping patients eat, get out of bed, and hygiene)
There are some general requirements that may need to be met no matter the location. These can include:
- A passing grade on the NCLEX-PN exam
- Obtain a nursing license in the state you'll be working in
- Complete and pass a background check
- Have strong interpersonal communication skills, empathy, and patience
There are also additional requirements that may need to be met, although they will vary from state to state.
Travel nursing could be a good option for individuals who like to travel, see new places, and be challenged in their career. To learn more about our Practical Nursing program, go to the program description page. If you're ready to get started, visit the online application portal.