I am a UK registered nurse. My training only included adult clinical/theory hours. I am wondering if this classes me as a LPN in the US?
I am moving the the States this year and would like to continue my nursing career, I am desperate for some information on how to do this. I have 4 years experience in England and a Bachelors degree.
Do the LPN course's in the US also include paeds, mental health and obstetric training? As this is my downfall.
LPN's which are in Canada as well as the US, are the equivelent of enrolled nurses that no longer exist in the UK who are not full fledged Nurses, unlike RN's in the UK. I work in Canada.
LPN's have 1-2 yrs training, unlike RN degree training of up to 4 yrs, and LPN's can't take unstable patients, aren't trained to management level, research level, nor are they supervisors. The RN's do the IV's ECG's, take unstaible patients and do the LPN's patients IVs, etc. Hope that helps. I've have certainly NEVER been trained by an LPN, I have taught LPN s in training.
Shown me where some paperwork and where things are maybe is as much as an LPN has done with previous workplaces especially long term care facilities and with regard to some of their normal procedures, but other than that it's the Nurse Manager who fully orientates and fully informs the RN of their responsibility of e.g. a long term care home, where you are more like the RN in charge and the LPN's are under you, with less responsiblity but where more of them work there compared to RN's, as one RN is usually in charge of the whole home when on duty. Hope that helps.
Best bet as another said, is to contact the state nursing body where you intend to work, and the one where you trained to find out if you are a full fledged RN first, if not then no you won't be classed as an RN in the US either. Hope that helps.
Last edit by blackcomb on Feb 13, '13
Quote from mom2102
I have an answer for you. I have been here in he USA since 2000 and I have been a RGN since 1983 and an RN here since 2004. Disregard what you have or have not done in your training, if you are a RN you will also be classed as one here. The LPNs have only 10-20 months training only and are no where near RN level. RN's also do a 2 or 3 year course, so yes you are an RN here.
That's actually quite accurate, though 3-4 yr degree course for RN's in the UK, and in Canada.. Unfortunately in Canada some employers have cut back from wanting to pay out RN wages for RN's and prefer to pay out less by taking on LPN's, in the UK we don't have enrolled nurses just RN's and carers and it's actually better, just don't work for those employers taking LPN's over RN's to save them money! Many of them are agencies. They're taking short cuts and the patients are not getting the best overall care obviously, but that's their neck not mine or yours. Similarly, some LPN's do have an attitude that they like to 'think' they are at an RN level when obviously they are not, it's just an attitude problem that is rife unfortunately. The answer to that is if any LPN does not like to be paid LPN wages and wants more responsiblity as per RN's, then do the full training and become one, but don't state things that are not true and that are not valid as that just annoys us RN's who did not work hard to gain our RN status for nothing. And the fact someone trained in 1984 is highly worthy too especially if still registered, they have many years of knowledge and experience and that is not to be taken lightly either. My recent employers, two which are ALSO agency jobs have only RN's or RN's, and care givers and I have to say they are wonderful to work with too. I get paid my full rate of pay too, rightly so.
Last edit by blackcomb on Feb 13, '13