Please can someone help me make sense of all your abreviations for nursing staff.
Im a registered nurse i the UK and read all of these posts with interest, amusement and a growing confusion. What do all your abreviations mean, ADN's , RN's, LPN's, Im totally confused. I had a look at the glossary page but that only gave me the full titles and not actually what they stood for in a nursing manner. In the UK we have general nurses, mental health nurses, learning disability nurse, midwives, health visitors and nursing assistants. Obviously people specialise within their own field but they still keep their original title. Are your abreviations simply different specialities within nursing or are they different grades of nurse. If someone could help it would make the reading and understanding of a lot of these posts mush simplier.
Thanks a lot,
Oct 11, '02
"adn's , rn's, lpn's"
adn associate degree nursing [registered nurse] 2-3 years of liberal arts and nursing classes/there is a 4-5 year degree bsn (registered nurse)
rn [registered nurse] registered with state board of nursing after the completion of an diploma/adn/bsn school and the passing of state boards/nclex-rn
lpn/lvn licensed with state board of nursing after the completion of training/school and the passing of state boards/nclex-pn
lpn [licensed practical nurse] or lvn [licensed vocational nurse (california and texas u.s.a.)] 10 months-2 years of vocational/liberal arts/nursing classes (may either graduate with a certificate/diploma/ associate degree
diploma nurse [registered nurse] 3 years of mainly hospital clinicals and now some may also have liberal arts classes as well
Last edit by Love-A-Nurse on Oct 11, '02