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LPN vs RPN

  1. 0 I would like to know if an LPN is the equivalent of an RPN (registered practical nurse).An RPN takes five semesters at school and can work in many capacities except ICU and can be a charge nurse.How does this compare to an LPN? Thanks.
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    I would like to know if an LPN is the equivalent of an RPN (registered practical nurse).An RPN takes five semesters at school and can work in many capacities except ICU and can be a charge nurse.How does this compare to an LPN? Thanks.
    Unless I am mistaken, the RPN is recognized only in Canada. This registration is by the College of Nursing in Ontario. The U.S. has no equivalent program.

    It sounds as if LPN and RPN are similar. I think the RPN has a greater responsibility during assessment than LPN. Still, the RPN assessment would require the RN to make the critical thinking decisions.
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    I would like to know if an LPN is the equivalent of an RPN (registered practical nurse).An RPN takes five semesters at school and can work in many capacities except ICU and can be a charge nurse.How does this compare to an LPN? Thanks.
    I am from Western Canada, and an RPN is a registered psychiatric nurse. The program is 3 years. We are limited in the areas we can work and of course specialize in psychiatry. The USA does not recognize us and there is no registering body in the US for us. It is the western provinces that have programs and job opportunities for RPNs. The northern territories also will work with our registering body to make it possible to work in their area.
    Last edit by margarita on Jul 24, '05 : Reason: clarification
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    I am from Canada, and an RPN is a registered psychiatric nurse. The program is 3 years. We are limited in the areas we can work and of course specialize in psychiatry. The USA does not recognize us and there is no registering body in the US for us. It is the western provinces that have programs and job opportunities for RPNs. The northern territories also will work with our registering body to make it possible to work in their area.

    Well I'm from Canada too and RPN is a registered practical nurse. I work with bunch of the students right now. It's a diploma program at the college.

    Z
    Last edit by z's playa on Jul 24, '05
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    I am from Canada, and an RPN is a registered psychiatric nurse. The program is 3 years. We are limited in the areas we can work and of course specialize in psychiatry. The USA does not recognize us and there is no registering body in the US for us. It is the western provinces that have programs and job opportunities for RPNs. The northern territories also will work with our registering body to make it possible to work in their area.
    But, doesn't RPN stand for Registered Practical Nurse? I see this in the Ontario nursing programs.
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    An RPN is also a registered practical nurse( I will be one when I am done school). I don't know if we are different from the LPNs in other provinces ir not. How long is the education for LPNs? Is it the same on both sides of the border?

    Thanks
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    But, doesn't RPN stand for Registered Practical Nurse? I see this in the Ontario nursing programs.

    Yes it is. I posted that before you.

    Z
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    Yes it is. I posted that before you.

    Z
    So sorry, my computer is a little slower than yours I suppose.
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    Thanks for the replies. Z what college are the students from that you are working with? I am going to Georgian.

    Does anyone know if the LPN education is 5 semesters as well?
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    Thanks for the replies. Z what college are the students from that you are working with? I am going to Georgian.

    Does anyone know if the LPN education is 5 semesters as well?

    I pm'd you.

    Z
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    Quote from siri
    So sorry, my computer is a little slower than yours I suppose.

    Nothing like slow computers eh? Gotta love em. :chuckle

    Z
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    Well I'm from Canada too and RPN is a registered practical nurse. I work with bunch of the students right now. It's a diploma program at the college.

    Z
    I guess I should have said I am from Western CAnada. RPNs are Registered Psychiatric Nurses. Ontario is obviously different. In B.C. there are only LPNs as far as practical nurses go. Sorry for the confusion.
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    I gotta say. All these titles and that for nurses are so confusing.

    It borders ridiculous.


    Z


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