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Male LPNs and LPN job opportunities.

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What I want to talk about is something I didn't know if I should put in this section or the "men in nursing" section. My first question is, are there very many LPNs that are male? Is it more difficult being a male LPN than an RN? my next question is, What are the job opportunities for an LPN that's not in an old folks home or anything like that, I've never had that interest because working in one seems kinda bland in the diversity of tasks you do?

I've worked in a psychiatric ward, nursing homes, State schools (which aren't actually schools at all) and now in home health. Most homes have been a "good fit" for me with a few exceptions... sometimes they want a female (especially when the patient is a little girl). I often work with little babies, but more often with children. Sometimes the mommy is half-crazy, other times it's a foster home where the PCG (primary care giver) is not the biological parent. But all in all, home health has worked out well for me.

If anyone's told you that male nurse's are preferred because we're "the muscle" , then there's some truth in that...don't worry about it. One mommy I worked for preferred men over the females because the child (patient) weighed 80 pounds. I will never work in a maternity ward, but perhaps I'll try the jail (yes, there's nurse jobs in prisons).

As for your question about RN's vs LVN's, you'll always be able to find work as an LVN, but RN's earn more money.

6 hours ago, Floor_Nurse said:

I've worked in a psychiatric ward, nursing homes, State schools (which aren't actually schools at all) and now in home health. Most homes have been a "good fit" for me with a few exceptions... sometimes they want a female (especially when the patient is a little girl). I often work with little babies, but more often with children. Sometimes the mommy is half-crazy, other times it's a foster home where the PCG (primary care giver) is not the biological parent. But all in all, home health has worked out well for me.

If anyone's told you that male nurse's are preferred because we're "the muscle" , then there's some truth in that...don't worry about it. One mommy I worked for preferred men over the females because the child (patient) weighed 80 pounds. I will never work in a maternity ward, but perhaps I'll try the jail (yes, there's nurse jobs in prisons).

As for your question about RN's vs LVN's, you'll always be able to find work as an LVN, but RN's earn more money.

I'm just curious are you ever planning to get your RN one day? I would like to work with children as well too! I'm glad home health has worked out well for you! 80 pounds to us males seems like nothing LOL. I have heard about nursing jobs in prison! I imagine you had to do clinicals in long term care facilities, is that right? how did those clinicals in the old folks home treat you? I am entering my final year of grade school and after I graduate I hope to go for me LPN then after a year or two go for my RN and then one day after working as an RN for a bit, I want to go for my NP! speaking of NP programs, I believe getting into NP programs in Canada where I live is more difficult than getting into American NP programs but I heard Canadian NP programs are better.

Best of luck to the remainder of your nursing career!

JabuJabule, LPN

Specializes in LTC & Pediatrics. Has 2 years experience.

I'm a male LPN! I'm currently in school for my RN as well, graduating in May 2021.

I'm a male LPN I have never had any issues finding work or being respected as a nurse. I have worked med/surg, dialysis and home health/hospice. Hospice is where I finally found my home and been doing it the past few years. I run into and have worked with lots of male LPN's in my area, you will have great job stability and shouldn't worry.

On 7/21/2020 at 10:45 AM, JabuJabule said:

I'm a male LPN! I'm currently in school for my RN as well, graduating in May 2021.

great job. where abouts do you live?

2 hours ago, KCNURSEGUY said:

I'm a male LPN I have never had any issues finding work or being respected as a nurse. I have worked med/surg, dialysis and home health/hospice. Hospice is where I finally found my home and been doing it the past few years. I run into and have worked with lots of male LPN's in my area, you will have great job stability and shouldn't worry.

OK thanks for letting me know!

JabuJabule, LPN

Specializes in LTC & Pediatrics. Has 2 years experience.

9 hours ago, JP_403 said:

great job. where abouts do you live?

I live in Massachusetts. 🙂

15 minutes ago, JabuJabule said:

I live in Massachusetts. 🙂

I live in Canada.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau: While 3.2 million (91 percent) nurses are female, only 330,000 (9 percent) are male.Feb 9, 2016

Fastaff › blog › male-nursing-statistics.

LPNs can work in doctors offices, in travel nursing, rehabilitation centers, home health, in grade school and high schoolS, outpatient clinics, hospitals, SNFs, private duty, organ procurement coordinator, MDS, phone triage, state prisons, veterans administration hospitals, LTach, Aesthetics, psychiatric hospital/clinics, an educator, retirement home, assisted living facilities, development centers, adult day care, etc.

2 hours ago, JJBookman said:

According to the U.S. Census Bureau: While 3.2 million (91 percent) nurses are female, only 330,000 (9 percent) are male.Feb 9, 2016

Fastaff › blog › male-nursing-statistics.

LPNs can work in doctors offices, in travel nursing, rehabilitation centers, home health, in grade school and high schoolS, outpatient clinics, hospitals, SNFs, private duty, organ procurement coordinator, MDS, phone triage, state prisons, veterans administration hospitals, LTach, Aesthetics, psychiatric hospital/clinics, an educator, retirement home, assisted living facilities, development centers, adult day care, etc.

that's quite a bit of options for sure!