|Title||Trends in Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse Education and Licensure Examinations, 1998 to 2013|
|Publication Type||Issue Brief|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Coffman, J.., K. Chan, and T. Bates|
|Publisher||UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care|
|Place Published||San Francisco|
|Keywords||education, licensure, LPN, LVN, practical, vocational|
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), referred to as licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) in some states, are the second-largest health care occupation that requires postsecondary education. More LPNs work in long-term care (LTC) than in any other sector. Demand for LPNs is projected to grow substantially over the coming decades, particularly among LTC providers. One-third of LPNs are over age 50 years, prompting questions about whether the supply of newly licensed LPNs will be adequate to meet demand.