Quote from megkirpas
What is the difference between an LPN and an RN? I am a senior in highschool and in my CPR class today we were talking about it. We were wondering what the differences are, since there are different titles we reckon there must be some difference.
I am glad you are interested in nursing!! We need more nurses--LPNs and RNs!!
I live and practice in Virginia as a Registered Nurse at Sentara Heart .
There are differences between RNs and LPNs, but over the last few years the LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) has gained the same responsibilities as the Registered Nurse. Unfortunately, the LPN's pay check does NOT reflect that. Depending on facility and state some RN's can make $5-$20 more an hour!!!
Depending where you live...you can acquire an LPN license at a VoTech School while you are in high school or complete 18mo program after graduation at a Medical Career School.
A RN can receive a diploma, associates, or bacchelors (BSN)degree. The diploma and associates RN completes 18mos-2yrs prereq courses, then a 2 yr program. The BSN completes a 4yr degree. (Where I work, we are all paid the same). The BSN is great; unfortunately you spend more time in classroom than clinical (in the hospital).
About ten years ago, word was going around that LPNs were going to be "phased out". Well that never happened..why would we when we have a national shortage of ALL NURSES
Generally (depending on state and facility), the LPN works under the RN, can not hang blood, and can not push IV meds and can not work alone with another LPN.
Now..over the last year where I work, the LPN can now hang blood and push IV meds (after being educated and checked off by the RN).
I hope you choose Nursing...whichever path you choose (LPN vs RN)..it will be the right one for you!