Can I sign LVN in a LPN state?

  1. Hi, everyone. I am licensed in my home state as a LVN. I have relocated out of state for the year, where I have received a license by endorsement.
    It seems like a petty issue that can be resolved just by signing LPN, which I do. But out of curiosity, do I legally have to sign LPN?
    I could not find it on the board of nurses website for my new state.

    When I go back home next year, I will have to switch again. After signing your name so many times through out a 12er, it becomes automatic and I have accidently signed LVN soo many times already.

    Anybody know?
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Jolie
    If your endorsed license in your current state identifies you as an LPN, I believe that is how you must sign your name and title. I don't think you can use a title that doesn't exist in your current state, even though it is valid elsewhere.

    Contact the state board of nursing for a definitive answer.
  4. by   NRSKarenRN
    Agree 100% with Jolie's advice: you function under STATE license, so use initials LPN as that is what state license reads.
  5. by   CoCo_low
    Well that makes sense! Thanks!
    Last edit by CoCo_low on Oct 29, '07 : Reason: misspell
  6. by   ginger58
    I just did some research on this question and the only thing I could see is a lot of sites say LPN/LVN so that makes me think you use the title on your diploma. I don't know why there are two separate titles in the first place.
  7. by   Jolie
    Quote from ginger58
    I just did some research on this question and the only thing I could see is a lot of sites say LPN/LVN so that makes me think you use the title on your diploma. I don't know why there are two separate titles in the first place.
    Ginger,

    A diploma indicates successful completion of an education program, but does not confer a professional title. The title of LPN or LVN is granted by the state upon licensure.
  8. by   ginger58
    Quote from Jolie
    Ginger,

    A diploma indicates successful completion of an education program, but does not confer a professional title. The title of LPN or LVN is granted by the state upon licensure.
    If I went to the old Detroit School of Practical Nursing, my diploma would say that I am an LPN. The MD's diploma usually hung on their office wall says that he/she is now a Doctor of Medicine.

    This is a good question for the BON.
  9. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from ginger58
    If I went to the old Detroit School of Practical Nursing, my diploma would say that I am an LPN. The MD's diploma usually hung on their office wall says that he/she is now a Doctor of Medicine.

    This is a good question for the BON.
    No need for that really, it is pretty clear. You practice under the license issued by the state you are in. Therefore, it is that title that you are to use.

    Doctor of Medicine is a degree, which can be issued by a school. However, licensure as a Medical Doctor can only be issued by the state. Having never been an LPN/LVN, I can't speak as to why it would say LPN on a diploma, because you are not a LICENSED practical (or vocational) nurse until the state says you are by actually issuing your license. Schools do not have the power to issue a license. Therefore, it doesn't matter so much what it says on a diploma. It is what it says on the license that is important.
  10. by   ginger58
    You're absolutely correct. Thank you.
    California Professional Code
    2864. Every licensee under this chapter may be known as a licensed
    vocational nurse and may place the letters "L.V.N." after his name.
  11. by   Jolie
    Quote from ginger58
    If I went to the old Detroit School of Practical Nursing, my diploma would say that I am an LPN.
    It's my understanding that your diploma would read something like this: Graduate of LPN education program. That is not the same as being an LPN, as licensure is required in order to use the title of LPN.
  12. by   ginger58
    Quote from Jolie
    It's my understanding that your diploma would read something like this: Graduate of LPN education program. That is not the same as being an LPN, as licensure is required in order to use the title of LPN.
    I've surrendered into understanding. Thanx.

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