1. I`m a Spanish Nurse and can't undesrtand the difference between RN,NP,LPN,CNS,CNA and BSN. Can you explain that to me?
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  3. by   caliotter3
    RN= Registered Nurse
    NP= Nurse Practitioner (advanced practice RN)
    LPN= Licensed Practical Nurse (different education level than RN, several limitations on scope of practice, sometimes limits placed by place of employent)
    CNS=Clinical Nurse Specialist (another advanced practice RN)
    CNA=either Certified Nursing Assistant (unlicensed) or may be a Certified Nurse Anesthetist
    BSN= one of the RN nursing education levels (four year Bachelor of Science in Nursing, obtained at a university)
    There are sites that give definitions and abbreviations, but I do not know the URLs. You can do a web search, suggest "nursing abbreviations" Hope this helps.
    Last edit by caliotter3 on Aug 27, '02