Different Titles Mean What?

  1. i know i know...i should know this by now....but when in doubt, it doesn't hurt to ask!

    lvn, lpn, rn...what distingishes one title from the next? is it education responsibilities or both?
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  3. by   IamRN
    RN > Registered Nurse; can be through a two year (associate degree) or four year (BSN). Both take the same licensure exam and have the same responsibilities. BSN is helpful (essential???) if you want to get into management.

    LVN (Licensed vocation nurse), LP (Licensed Practical nurse) same thing. same education.
  4. by   Shed13911
    Some states use the LVN and some call the same nurse an LPN. The schooling is all the same.
  5. by   nurseunderwater
    Just wanted to add...

    Many and I mean MANY discussions have taken place on this board re: scope of practice = difference in jobs....You may want to try a search and see what comes up.

    good luck in your quest
  6. by   leslie :-D
    yes, please do a search....numerous posts on this subject alone. much luck.
  7. by   abundantjoy07
    thanks! I'll be sure to check out some of the earlier posts.