i know this thread has been dead a few months but thought i would like to do a little give and take in the area of information.
give: i was a navy corpsman for a bit over 9 years. . . well, 9 years 3 months and 11 days according to my dd 214 (discharge papers) but who is ever counting?
i feel comparing a corpsman to a nursing assistant can be applied to very few cases. most corpsman can do much more than cna's and lpn/lon's and some even more than rn's. hospital corpsman a-school (go here for more info: http://usmilitary.about.com/library/...navy+hm+rating
) is only 14 weeks long and as all navy schools has an accelerated curriculum. the school will teach you to perform basic bedside care in an inpatient setting: am/pm care, medications administration, vitals signs, how to draw blood, give shots, iv's, how to write nursing notes and to familiarize the student with medical terminology
. on the outpatient side you are taught an emt course that is good enough to get you an emt-b cert in the civilian sector and american heart association cpr for the health care provider.
as mentioned above in an earlier post, after completing hospital corpsman a-school you pretty much have three options 1) go to your first duty stations depending on what is available 2) go to a hospital corpsman c-school (advanced training more info go here: http://nshs.med.navy.mil/oe%20web/nm...20managers.htm
) 3) or go to field medical service school (technically a c-school but referred to as one infrequently more info go here: http://usmilitary.about.com/library/...c/blhm8404.htm
take: i have been out on the navy since november 2002 having sworn that i have given up patient care for good. however after dabbling in this and that i just can not deny my urge to get back into patient care. i am just not comfortable in the business or information technology fields. i miss the health care setting. so here go my questions:
california is a state the corpsman can challenge the lvn/lpn boards, does anyone know of any other states and their home pages for requirements?
is there any difference between a lpn and lvn?
any help given would be appreciated.