american nurses abbreviations

  1. Could some kind person please translate all the different abbreviations,LPN,CRNA,etc ,or could you point me in the direction of a thread that explains the differents between all these titles?
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  3. by   ayndim
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    Could some kind person please translate all the different abbreviations,LPN,CRNA,etc ,or could you point me in the direction of a thread that explains the differents between all these titles?
    LPN is a licensed practical nurse, also called a lvn or licensed vocational nurse. It is the equivalent of an enrolled nurse.

    CRNA is a certified registered nurse anesthitist (sp?). SRNA would be a student (I believe).

    I haven't been to the UK in forever so I am not sure if I am repeating info here or not but here are some others.

    NP is a Nurse Practioner
    CNA is a Certified Nurses Aide
    CNM is a Certified Nurse Midwife
    NNP is a Neonatal nurse practioner.
    FNP is a family np

    Any others you want to know?

    BTW do they use CRNA's in the UK yet? What part of Scotland are you in? I used to live in the south of England in Portsmouth. I loved Scotland. I keep joking with my hubby when he asks if I find him sexy (obviously I do) and what he could do to become more sexy. My answer is always -- Go to Scotland and get an accent.
    Last edit by ayndim on May 7, '04
  4. by   nightmare
    Thanks ayndim,thats helpful,I'm new to this forum and find all these different terms fascinating.I live in the north-east of scotland.I dont know if we have CRNA's yet,I work in a nursing home so I'm a bit out of touch with the cut and trust of the nhs!
  5. by   Ariko
    Get the book called "Medical Abbreviations".

    Web site: www.medabbrev.com

    I use the book weekly, but hourly when I started.

    "Medical Abbreviations: 24,000 Conveniences at the Expense of Communications and Safety"

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