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A licensed practical nurse is also referred to as a vocational nurse. LPNs are trained to care for the elderly, the injured and the sick under the supervision of a doctor, a registered nurse or a dentist. LPNs carry out various tasks such as changing dressings, collecting lab samples, taking temperature, blood pressure and pulse rate, evaluating patient needs and implementing patient healthcare plans. They work with various equipment ranging from thermometers, catheters, intravenous lines and oxygen equipment among others. LPNs working in smaller health clinics not only supervise the medical assistants, but also keep records, administer injections, and plan appointments. LPNs working in nursing homes give out medications and manage the nurse aides.

Given the essential duties performed by LPNs, they must be physically fit, compassionate and have good decision making and management skills. They must also possess the right education qualifications by enrolling in schools that provide LPN training. In New Mexico, it is estimated that 13 schools offer these LPN training courses. Although the coursework differs across different institutions in New Mexico, some of the common units offered include pharmacology, nutrition, nursing math, communication skills, medical terminology, microbiology, physiology & anatomy and basic nursing skills. These units provide LPNs with the basic knowledge that will help them in carrying out their daily duties.

The programs are mainly made up of two parts — clinical training and classroom education. Classroom learning is offered through LPN programs that are available in various institutions across New Mexico. Some of these classes are offered online and mostly benefit those who work during the normal classroom hours. The minimum requirement for enrollment in an LPN program is a GED or a high school diploma. The person must also have no past criminal history, or substance or alcohol abuse record. It will take approximately one year to finish an LPN program if attending classes on a full time basis. You must also acquire hand on skills by attending the clinical training that takes place in hospitals or other healthcare facilities.

To become a certified LPN, you must undertake the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nursing after completing the two-part training program. The state board of nursing in New Mexico is the regulatory body that accredits all LPN programs. Before getting any approval, all institutions offering LPN courses must prove to the board that the training offered adequately prepares students with the right skills and knowledge to tackle their daily responsibilities. The board looks at the National Council Licensure Exam pass rate and graduation rate to grant an institution the authority to continue offering LPN programs.

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List of LPN Schools in New Mexico (NM)

Complete list of New Mexico schools that offer state approved LPN training programs:

Career Enrichment Center APS/PN Program

807 Mountain Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-247-3658 ext 38

Computer Career Center Division of Vista College

850 N. Telshor Suite F&G
Las Cruces, NM 88011

New Mexico State University-Carlsbad

Department of Nursing
1500 University Drive
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Luna Community College Department of Nursing

366 Luna Dr
Las Vegas, NM 87701
(505) 454-2527

Northern New Mexico College Nursing Program

921 Paseo de Onate
Espanola, NM 87532

Clovis Community College Department of Nursing

417 Schepps Blvd.
Clovis NM 88101

Carrington College LPN Program

1001 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Anamarc College LPN Program

2660 Airport Rd STE 780
Santa Teresa NM 88008
915-351-8100 ext 127

Dona Ana Community College LPN Program

MSC-3DA Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Central New Mexico Community College

525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Pima Medical Institute LPN program

400 Cutler Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

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