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What Is an At Home LPN and How to Become One

What Does an At Home LPN Do?

As an at home LPN, your job is to provide medical case management and telehealth services for each patient as you work from home. In your role as a licensed practical nurse, you may help schedule patients for assessments, process paperwork, participate in care plan meetings, contact patients to get updates, and assess the medical necessity of admissions, outpatient services, diagnostic procedures, delivered medical equipment, and other materials. This is mainly an advisory position, as at home LPNs focus on instructing patients instead of delivering direct care. Depending on the position, you may be asked to guide amateur responders during emergencies.

How to Become an At Home LPN

The primary qualifications for an at home LPN position are a certificate or degree from a relevant educational program and passing score on the NCLEX-PN exam. Licensed practical nurses do not need as much education as registered nurses, but if you want to become a registered nurse later, you should get an associate degree instead of a vocational certificate because non-degree educations rarely allow you to continue to a bachelor's degree. Fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of an at home LPN position requires communication skills, an understanding of medical terminology, and a reliable high-speed internet connection. Some employers provide devices like webcams, but others may ask you to buy your own.