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Career and Education Opportunities for Licensed Practical Nurses in New Mexico

New Mexico has a population of 2,009,671, which has grown by 10.48% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "The Land of Enchantment," its capital is Santa Fe, though its most populous city is Albuquerque.

About 5,380 people are currently employed as licensed practical nurses in New Mexico. By 2016, this is expected to grow 3% to about 5,560 people employed. This is not quite as good as the national trend for licensed practical nurses, which sees this job pool growing by about 20.6% over the next eight years. Licensed practical nurses generally care for ill, injured, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, and similar institutions.

Licensed practical nurses earn approximately $22 per hour or $45,830 yearly on average in New Mexico. Nationally they average about $18 hourly or $39,030 yearly. Compared with people working in the overall category of Nursing, people working as licensed practical nurses in New Mexico earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Nursing nationally. People working as licensed practical nurses can fill a number of jobs, such as: licensed vocational nurse , clinic nurse, and office nurse.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,117,433 jobs in New Mexico. The average annual income was $33,389 in 2008, up from $32,093 the previous year. The unemployment rate in New Mexico was 7.2% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Approximately 23.5% of New Mexico residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in New Mexico include casinos (except casino hotels), other nonmetallic mineral mining, and all other miscellaneous ambulatory health care services. Notable tourist attractions include the Flowers by ZACH, the LA Fonda Del Bosque, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

CITIES WITH Licensed Practical Nurse OPPORTUNITIES IN New Mexico


JOB DESCRIPTION: Licensed Practical Nurse

Licensed Practical Nurse video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, licensed practical nurses care for ill, injured, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, and similar institutions. They also may work under the supervision of a registered nurse.

Every day, licensed practical nurses are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they speak clearly.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in New Mexico include:

  • Dental Hygienist. Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop X-rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.
  • Physician Assistant. Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.
  • Registered Nurse. Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and specialized roles.
  • Respiratory Therapist. Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, and operate equipment.
  • Sports Trainer. Evaluate, advise, and treat athletes to assist recovery from injury, avoid injury, or maintain peak physical fitness.

LOCATION INFORMATION: New Mexico

New Mexico
New Mexico photo by karol m

New Mexico has a population of 2,009,671, which has grown by 10.48% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "The Land of Enchantment," its capital is Santa Fe, though its largest city is Albuquerque. In 2008, there were a total of 1,117,433 jobs in New Mexico. The average annual income was $33,389 in 2008, up from $32,093 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New Mexico was 7.2% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. About 23.5% of New Mexico residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in New Mexico include casinos (except casino hotels), other nonmetallic mineral mining, and all other miscellaneous ambulatory health care services. Notable tourist destinations include the Albuquerque City Government, the Flowers by ZACH, and the Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop.