nursing qualifications

  1. could some kind american nurse please explain the nursing qualifications that are available in the usa?
    i read about LVN's, LPN's and such - i understand that there are degree nurses and some nurses that do not hold degrees - how does it all work?
    here in NZ we study full time at a technical institute but end up with a nursing degree, but they are just bringing in the four year degree course - which i suspect is going to phase out the three year programme - there seems to be some option in the US where u can study and become a nurse but without a degree? is this the case? look forward to a detailed explanation from some kind nursey.
    tks
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