LPN or RN?

  1. I am interested in getting stated at a Nursing college. What is the difference between a LPN and a RN?
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  3. by   kenesha212002
    In some cases an LPN (licensed practical nurse) works under the direction of an RN (registered nurse). LPNs are limited in practice. They can not work in specialties such as ER, ICU, Labor and Delivery, and Public Health Nursing. LPNs are utilized a lot more in nursing homes.

    The difference in education ranges from 1 year for an LPN from 3-4 years for an RN.
  4. by   tnbutterfly
    For an excellent discussion of the differences between LPN's and RN's, refer to the following link from the U.S. Dept of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics. It provides information regarding Nature of Work; Working Conditions; Training, Qualifications, and Advancement; Employment; Job Outlook; and Earnings.

    http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos102.htm
    http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm
  5. by   Roni1
    Thanks for that!!
  6. by   tnbutterfly
    Quote from Roni1
    Thanks for that!!
    You are welcome. If you have general nursing questions, you might get more responses if you post them in the General Nursing Discussion Forum.
    http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/

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