I am a newly licensed RN but currently hold an LVN job. My LVN license will be expiring soon and I would like to avoid paying renewal fees if possible. Is it necessary to have an active LVN license in order to continue working as an LVN, or will my RN license also allow me to work as an LVN? The CA BON website does not specifically answer this question but does state that RNs may work as CNAs since the duties of a CNA are within an RN's scope of practice. Since the duties of an LVN are also within an RN's scope of practice, I am hoping the same holds true. Does anyone know? Thank you!
I know in MA if ur in school you can work as a cna after 3 months of nursing school if you don't have your cna license but I don't think you can hold an LPN license as well as an RN license and if as far as I know you have to work to your current highest knowledge being the RN although there is not a large difference in education between the two I would ask CA may be different
Last edit by Esme12 on Sep 18, '12
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Sep 18, '12
Thank you for your replies. In CA, you are allowed to hold both licenses. I am shocked that in some states you can't work as an LVN/LPN once you hold an RN license. What do these states expect people (like myself) who are already working in LVN/LPN positions to do when they get their RN licenses -- abruptly quit their jobs? I would start working as an RN today if I could, but that's not how it works -- I must be hired first, and that takes time. I am now even more confused on this subject and can't believe no one knows the answer to my original question. I don't mean that in a rude way, I am just honestly surprised that with all the LVN to RN nurses around here, no one has asked this question before. I haven't been able to reach the BON by telephone but will keep trying. Thanks again!
Last edit by Amiodarone on Sep 18, '12