LPN Career Options to Work With Children2 January 2019
Are you interested in a rewarding career as a nurse that works specifically with kids?
Pediatrics, as well as labor and delivery, are areas that appeal to many nursing students as they complete their education and decide which field to pursue.
Helping bring life into the world or working with young children through pediatrics can be very fulfilling nursing fields.
So, what are some available career options for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) that want to work with babies and children?
LPN Role in Labor and Delivery
As you work towards completing your practical nursing diploma degree, you may consider whether LPNs can work with babies as a labor and delivery nurse.
As an LPN, it is not common to be able to obtain a position as a labor and delivery nurse. Most facilities require the nurse to be a Registered Nurse (RN).
If a student works in labor and delivery as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Medical Assistant, there is a greater possibility that they may be hired as an LPN in that field.
Though labor and delivery is a trickier path to move into with an LPN degree, you could still consider working with children through pediatrics!
How to Become a Pediatric LPN
Pediatric nursing is available to a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Although there are usually few positions open in this area, it is possible to pursue with your practical nursing degree.
One method of potentially gaining employment in a pediatric clinic is by doing your nursing program preceptorship at a pediatric clinic. This allows the clinic or physician’s office to get a feel for the person’s abilities and personality that will help them to see how they may fit into that setting.
Types of Practical Nursing (LPN) Jobs
Once you’ve earned your LPN degree, you’ve applied to the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) and passed The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN), there are many settings in which you could work.
In Oregon, a Licensed Practical Nurse may work at:
- Hospital clinics
- Physician’s offices
- Long-term care facilities
- The VA hospital
- The VA clinic
- Surgery suites
- The Oregon State Hospital
- Pediatric clinics
- County public health centers
- Home care
- School nursing
- Women’s care
Using Your LPN Education in Pediatrics
If your passion is to work with babies and young children, talk with an admissions officer and your instructors to determine the best route to achieve your goals.
At Pioneer Pacific College, we strive to prepare practical nursing students with the skills needed to pursue their dream career!