LPN Programs in Georgia - GA
How to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in Georgia
In order to apply for a license as a practical nurse one must first provide proof of graduation from high school as well proof of graduation from a Georgia LPN program or online certification program. The Georgia Board of Examiners of LPN’s must approve the program. If the applicant is a graduate of a program outside of the state of Georgia, the Board must deem that program’s content as equal to or greater than the requirements of a Georgia approved program. Along with proof of graduation, applicants must submit a letter of verification from the Director of Nursing of the school they attended. Applications must be notarized, have a passport size photo and accompany the fee in order to be submitted. Finally, successful passage of the NCLEX -PN is required. The NCLEX-PN is the National Council Licensure Examination administered by the National Council of State Board of Nursing. The exam is 85 – 205 questions administered in computer-based format. Twenty-five of the questions are items being tested as acceptable exam questions and are therefore not counted in the candidate’s final score. Candidates taking the exam will have five hours to complete the test.
Licensure by endorsement is also available in Georgia. To qualify for this type of licensure one must provide the Board with proof of graduation from both high school and a Board approved practical nursing educational program. The applicant must have successfully passed the NCLEX-PN and verification of current licensure in the originating state must be submitted. Proof of employment within the immediately preceding five years must also be sent to the Board in the application packet.
The Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Practical Nurses is comprised of seven members, 4 of whom are practical nurses. Other members are chosen from the private sector and medical professions. Georgia is one of the few states that use a method of delegation of acts called the “decision tree”. This method uses the approach of deciding which tasks can be performed by a practical nurse, as apposed to having those tasks spelled out in the legislative language.
LPN Professional Associations
In Georgia there is the Georgia Licensed Practical Nurses Association -GLPNA, www.glpna.org. The organization was formalized in 1982 at which time all the local, smaller licensed practical nurse association dissolved and agreed to form one larger, stronger institution. The association speaks for the profession of practical nursing with regards to legislation, public education and member continuing education.