i was just wondering if i moved to the US and worked what i would be classified as. You guys have LPNs, CNAs etc and RN's. I have sort of worked out what these roles are. But then you have BSN, MSN which i have no idea about...
I have done a three year university degree as an RN here. I supervise EN's (enrolled nurses). I am currently undertaking a graduate diploma in perioperative nursing science......
Any ideas? I'm thinking BSN but not really sure...
An LPN is a nurse who has completed a one year certification program and has passed the NCLEX-PN.
An RN can be either a graduate of an Associate's degree program, or a Bachelor's program. An Associate's degree is typically a two year vocational degree from a community college, while a Bachelor's is typically a four year degree from a four year college. I say "typically" because there are exceptions. Both students can sit for the same licensure exam; the NCLEX-RN.
An advantage of having a Bachelor's is that some facilities pay nurses more if they have a BSN than if they have an ADN. Many facilities prefer to hire RNs with a BSN, and some job opportunities are only open to the RN with the BSN.
An MSN is a Master's degree in nursing. A nurse holding a Master's can be a Clinical Nurse Specialist, a Nurse Practitioner, and many other things that I'm not thinking of right off hand because I'm getting sleepy.
I'm not really sure where you would fit since I'm unfamiliar with the Australian university system. At any rate, you could sit for the NCLEX-RN; or do they have some sort of international license transfer system? My ignorance on this topic is vast.
Last edit by Virgo_RN on Jan 4, '08