Actually, no, the work is not "basically the same". I'd like to think that my nursing school education gave me more than mechanical skills. When I graduated from nursing school, in prehistoric times, one still had to pass boards first to be an RN and an LPN.
Regardless, medical assistants who graduate from a diploma or AAS-degree program are taught how to perform both front office tasks (transcription, insurance, payments, etc.) and some clinical tasks (vitals, assisting with exams, ekg's, and the proper technique to give IM, SQ, and intradermals, and phlebotomy). I doubt that nurses, both LPN and RN, transcribed or learned how to file insurance as part of his/her training in school. As for learning to be an LPN, at least in my part of the country, thare are few, if any PN programs.
Kinda like trying to find a diploma school, but that's another BB
Hope this helps and continue to be a good role model for yourself, your workplace and for your co-workers.
[This message has been edited by maikranz (edited March 08, 2000).]