Differences in intials

  1. I know this is really stupid, but could someone explain the difference btw a CNA (I know they do not have licensure) LPN, APD (Is that right?) RN, and BSN and each of the job descriptions?? THere isn't a difference btw RN and BSN except the type of degree right? Thank you so much!!!
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  3. by   jessjoy
    Hello! One thing you'll realize in nursing is that there are LOTS of initials!!! A CNA is a certified nurses assistant. This is someone who gets a certification (through a hospital/nursing home or class) and does things like vital signs, patient baths, feeding, blood sugar checks, monitoring intake and output, etc. An LPN is a Licensed Practical Nurse. This is someone who goes to school for one year. I dont really know much about LPN regarding job description (sorry). You can become a Registered Nurse (RN) via an associates degree (two years) or a BSN (Bachelors-4 years) I am going the ADN(associate degree) route. When I graduate I will take the boards (hopefully pass!!) and be an RN. The job description for nurses varies widely depending upon what sort of nursing you are interested in. If you let me know what you are considering maybe I can help. Otherwise I know someone else will be able to! Jess
    Last edit by jessjoy on Jan 6, '03