Lady Voldemort, LPN staff nurse, nurse for 3 yrs., duties out in the workforce a lot better as a nurse than student nurse, salary approx. $35,000 per annum, my advice for someone pursuing this field to find out what the job market is like for nurses in your area, get not only a good foundation in nursing practice and skills, but also labor laws, personal finance, and how businesses operate. As an LPN, there really aren't any advancement opportunities in my area, but depends on the state and hiring market. The thing about my job that surprises me about the nursing field in general is how many of the management have gross personality disorders!!! Thus, a course in Abnormal Psych is beneficial. The most exciting thing about my job....well...there really aren't for me, I wouldn't call it boring either. Tedious, at times though!! After one graduates from nursing school...the NCLEX has to be taken to receive licensure. Some states like mine required continuing education hours....those are done through one's employer, nursing journal, online, etc..I spent approx. $3500 on obtaining LPN licensure, I would have been more if I hadn't been given a scholarship.