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Welcome to the CCSF Library's Licensed Vocational Nursing guide!
Some states call them practical nurses or LPNs; others call them vocational nurses or LVNs (LVN in Texas and California). They’re the same: entry level nurses with a practical education.
Prospective LPNs first complete high school, then do about a year of full-time nursing education. The program includes theory and clinical practice in core areas like medical, surgical, pediatric, and obstetric nursing. It takes some advance planning to get into a program. A nursing candidate may need a background check and even a physical before beginning her studies. Sometimes there’s an aptitude or basic skills test.
This guide should provide access to relevant library materials for CCSF's LVN program. Please contact the subject librarian with helpful additions or recommendations.