What do they teach you in LVN vs. RN school?

  1. I know that RN school has more theory. But as far as hands on training, Do they teach you how to handle codes in LVN and RN school? Do they teach you enough in LVN school to work in a hospital setting?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    My LPN school:

    Do they teach you how to handle codes in LVN and RN school?
    Yes

    Do they teach you enough in LVN school to work in a hospital setting?
    Yes.
  4. by   Tweety
    Yes and yes.

    Besides theory the RN teaches more care planning, evaluation, and more indepth assessment.
  5. by   bcskittlez
    Thanks alot!
  6. by   Tweety
    You're welcome. Actually code situations are usually taught more in depth in the hospital setting. Some hospitals will train you in "mock codes", others go over it in the orientation process. Nursing school basically teaches you about cardiac and respiratory arrest from a pathophysiologically standpoint, but what to do in a code is taught in your CPR classes and on the job. Many people go further and take ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) after graduation.

    But both RNs and LPNs need to know how to handle code situations in and out of a hospital.
  7. by   CSLee3
    Some community colleges are using the same texts and teaching reference for their particular LVN and ADN programs. The difference being what Tweety said, is the the depth and length of time spent on assesment, management and theory. The clinical "hands-on" skills taught is about the same and many-a-LVN are highly skilled and very technical. With the nursing shortage and faculty shortage, there is unlimited opportunities for LVNs and RNs.
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