Practical Nursing Instructor

Teach and train future Licensed Practical Nurses.

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Salary Range
$28,000 – $85,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Practical Nursing Instructors do?

Like a Drill Sergeant instructing military recruits, a Practical Nursing Instructor trains and teaches aspiring Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). You see, nursing is like the military. It requires hard work, discipline, dedication, a high tolerance for heartbreak, and a willingness to fight an insurmountable war: the war on disease.

The similarities don’t end there, however, as nursing is also a profession that’s highly based on rank. At the top are Registered Nurses (RNs) and at the bottom are Nursing Assistants. In between, meanwhile, are LPNs, who have less education and fewer responsibilities than RNs, but more than Nursing Assistants.

As a Practical Nursing Instructor, you’re a Professor who’s employed by community colleges, nursing schools, and hospitals. You accomplish your work with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on laboratory work. Like any post-secondary Teacher, therefore, your duties as a Practical Nursing Instructor include choosing curriculums, planning lessons, giving lectures, assigning homework, advising students, and giving and grading exams.

Speaking of exams, your ultimate goal is to prepare your students to take and pass the NCLEX-PN exam, which is required to obtain licensure as an LPN. The exam — and as a result, your instruction — covers four areas: safe and effective care environment, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity, and physiological integrity.

Keeping those categories of instruction in mind, you teach and train your students to read vital signs, dress wounds, give injections, administer medications, and monitor catheters. In addition, you teach them to assist patients by feeding, bathing, and dressing them.

Thanks to the nation’s nursing shortage, your job, simply put, is keeping the nursing pipeline full with caring and capable LPNs.

Should I be a Practical Nursing Instructor?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor, Instructor, Product Inspection, Licensed Practical Nurse Instructor

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