Become an LPN: A Check List of Characteristics and Skills Needed to be an LPN

Choosing to be a LPN can open the doors to an incredibly rewarding career. LPN programs offer many classes in both nursing and related subjects, but are you poised to be a successful LPN? There are many characteristics that will lead to a successful career in the healthcare field besides the course work. Here are some of the ideal characteristics of someone who could enjoy a fruitful career in LPN nursing.

Responsible and Accountable

Are you normally a responsible person? Do you make yourself accountable for your own mistakes? Do you pay your bills on time and arrive to your appointments in a timely manner? Can you manage two or three projects at one time?

This may sound unrelated to a career in nursing, but a person’s natural sense of responsibility and accountability are critical to being a successful LPN. Medications need to be dispensed on time. Patients need to have treatments, meals, and laboratory tests completed in a timely manner and by responsible nurses. As an LPN, you would be responsible for a set of patients needing treatments, medications, and care. LPN nurses must be responsible for prioritizing patient care, often managing two or three tasks at once.

Time Management

How are you at time management? As a student in an LPN program, you will need to manage your time to get all your course work completed, to arrive at your clinical rotations on time, and to juggle your outside job, family, and other obligations in a timely manner. Time management goes right along with being organized.

Start off on the right foot with your LPN program by being organized and managing your time to avoid stress and overload. It is important for you to make your LPN program a priority to be successful.

Compassionate and Caring

Most students entering the health care field have a heart for people. It is important for LPN nurses to have the same compassion and caring for others that is expected of all other healthcare team members. LPN nurses work closer to patients than other team members on any given shift, and they truly get to know both the patient and their families. Compassionate and caring nurses truly get to know their patient’s on a deeper level, and it makes the difference in the quality of care the patient and family receive.


One last important qualification to be a successful LPN is flexibility. LPN nurses will have to work weekend shifts, off shifts, and often must float to other areas of the facility. State standards limit the number of LPN nurses to the number of RN nurses in some instances, and therefore, the LPN must be flexible if she or he is asked to float or manage other tasks.

Flexibility is also an important quality to have during your LPN program. You will be completing projects with other students, working with a number of other health professionals throughout your clinical rotations, and sometimes be asked to manage tasks you may not feel ready to undertake. Flexibility will make those times less stressful if you can work well with others.

These are just some of the characteristics that you will need to be successful in your LPN program and in your new LPN career. Working to develop these skills will help you to feel better about yourself and lead to a rewarding career as an LPN.

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