itmustbeme. . .i see from a couple of your other posts that you are in california. i was just looking at the lvn fact sheet on the california board of vocational nursing and psychiatric technicians website a few minutes ago to find an answer about something else for another poster and ran across this:
if you look at #3 on this fact sheet, you will see that it lists the coursework that is required in the lvn programs in the state of california. i don't think that other states have requirements that differ significantly from this. when i have looked at information about the difference between the nclex and nclex-pn licensing exams i have seen that they both test basic nursing. what is different is that rns are given more in-depth knowledge in leadership, delegation, prioritizing and critical thinking skills. as for what your instructors are going to require you to actually do, well, teachers all have their own ideas about what kinds of learning exercises are best for students. your guess is as good as mine as to what you might be asked to do! while most state laws do not permit lpns to write care plans
, a lot of practical nursing programs
do require lpn students to write them. i have seen posts on the nursing student forums where lpn students have requested help with care plan writing. you will also see under #2 on the fact sheet that in california 954 hours must be spent in clinical time. so, yes, that means you will be working directly with patients/residents/clients, and that would usually be in a hospital or nursing home under the supervision of a clinical instructor.
if you have not already explored the nursing student forums, you should. you will get the answers to a lot of your questions about what students are experiencing in nursing school. here is a list of the nursing student forums:
have you been accepted into an lvn program? i wasn't clear on that. if so, best of luck. hope i'll see you on the student forums!