Michigan LPN School
LPN Schools in Michigan
There are a number of approved online and conventional Practical Nursing programs offered by Michigan LPN schools. Generally, it takes about 8-months to a year to work through one of these programs, though there are a handful that cater to people with other needs- those working towards becoming an Registered Nurse, or who are unable to attend class regularly or during the day.
The standard rule of thumb for the curriculum of these programs is about half the time devoted to school and general medical studies- topics like nutrition, anatomy, first aid- and the other half of the time in clinical practice, generally at a hospital or a local clinic the program might have some partnership with.
While in school, you should try to look for opportunities to see if you want to specialize in a particular area like general surgery, rehab, or acute pain management. In Michigan, LPN’s don’t have nearly the same opportunities to specialize that Registered Nurses do, and most don’t, but it’s not unheard of, and it might be easier to get some experience in different environments in school than while working.
Continuing Education for LPNs in Michigan
According to Michigan state law, all LPN's need to complete 25 contact hours of continued education every two years, and must spend at least one of those hours studying pain and symptom management. Furthermore, you should maintain records all continuing education you undergo from prior renewal periods, as you may be asked to provide proof as part of a random audit or a disciplinary action.
In order to get credit for your continuing education, you need to take part in a program, seminar, or study session organized or accredited by one of the many nationwide nursing organizations. The list is quite expansive, but not all exclusive- when you get to this point in your career, you should check with the Michigan Nurses Association to make sure you are going to get credit for the continuing education you are undergoing.
Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Licensed Practical Nurses in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, Ann Arbor and Lansing, Michigan may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the William Beaumont Hospital, Traverse City State Hospital, Children's Hospital of Michigan and Henry Ford Hospital.