American words, what do they mean?

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Please help.

What do these words mean?





Thanks in advance for your time.


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ADN= associate's degree nurse. This is a 2+ year college program that grants and associate's degree as opposed to a bachelors of science in nursing (BSN). Both BSNs and ADNs write the same lisencing exam and work as RNs.

LPN= Licensed practical nurse. Usually have 1+ year of college training. They have a different job description from RNs and write a different lisencing exam. Their scope of practice depends greatly on the individual state and hospital.

LVN= Licensed vocational nurse. Basically just another name for LPN and we all know a rose by any other name....

PRN= per diem workers. These nurses generally do not have a regular hospital schedule. They let the hospital know when they are available and will get called in when needed on those shifts. Some of them are agency and some are employed directly by the hospital.


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ADN-Associates (2 year degree) Degree in Nursing

LPN/LVN- Licensced Professional/Vocational nurse; means the same thing.

1 year of intensive study

PRN-latin pro re nata (translates to for the emergency,as needed ) As I understand it, it mean nurses who are not full time but work on an "as needed" basis.

Hope that helps



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Thanks all. Its all different from UK where we have only Registered nurse and Enrolled Nurse.


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People often write a reply to a post just to "bump" it up in line for more views and some more replies. Sometimes you see someone replying to their own post to "bump" it up to current viewing.

prn refers to how a person is scheduled, or not. Licensed Vocational Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses are the same thing, but LVN's are in Texas and California only (I think). They are licensed nurses. Registered Nurses have more education and more responsibility, and are also licensed. LVNs/LPN/RN can all work fulltime, part-time or prn. Hope that helps.

What is the difference between Enrolled nurse and Registered Nurse?

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