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Diff. btw. LPN and RN?

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by Sammygrll Sammygrll (Member)

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Can someone please tell me what the difference is between LPN and Rn is? I'm JUST starting to enroll in college, but know that I want to go ito nursing.

My sis in laws, who are RN's...advised me to get my Assoc. and become an RN....

Is it advisable to go staright to RN? or take the bridge over??

Thanks in advance...

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TheCommuter is a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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The differences between LPN and RN are dependent upon the state in which you are practicing. I am a Texas LVN, and am not permitted to hang blood, pronounce death, or push certain IV drugs such as Vitamin K and Procalamine.

Some RNs have made the claim that LPNs lack critical thinking skills, but that is a sweeping generalization, because many LPNs can think critically and know the reasons behind each task or occurrence. The predominant differences are that LPNs earn less money, receive less prestige than RNs, tend to have less years of education, receive less pathophysiology training, and basically don't go as in depth as the RNs in their schooling.

LVNs tend to receive advanced standing when getting admitted into RN programs. Therefore, having the LVN license might enable you to get into an RN program without any waiting lists.

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