Lpn Rn

  1. hi everyone

    this may sound silly but i would like to know what the differences are between lpn & rn. i'm from new zealand so therefore not familiar with alot of the terms that has been used on the bb. much appreciated if someone could fill me in even if there are more terms that you guys think i should familiarise myself with. again thanks

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  3. by   Vsummer1
    LPN = licensed practical nurse

    LVN = licensed vocation nurse

    these two seem to be the same, depending on the state you are in. It is above a nursing assistant (NA), and below an RN. Your state dictates the parameters of your job. In some states LPN/LVN's are allowed to pass meds, in others they are not.

    The RN oversees the LPN/LVN.

    I think and LPN/LVN is a one year program and I think it is a certificate. The RN ADN is a two year program and is an associate degree. The RN BSN is a four year program and is a bacehlor's degree.

    I think!!! I hope someone else can verify this information, because I may not be 100% correct here...
  4. by   dstudent
    Hey thanks Val I had always wondered about the differences here in New Zealand we have enrolled nurses which would be equivalent to your LPN I suppose we also have nurse aids and to be a registered nurse/ Bachelors degree it takes a min of three years full time and four if you wish to be a midwife or specialise in a specific area.

    Thanks again Val
  5. by   RNConnieF
    LPN and LVN are the same, Texas and California call them LVN, Licensed Vocational Nurse. RN is a Registered Nurse. Some nursing programs combine the nursing with college classes so that at the end you have your nursing degree AND a college degree. It is possible to just do the nursing part without the college part, that's a diploma program. As long as you finish an NLN acredited program you are prepared to sit for the RN state boards, if you pass you are an RN no matter if you went to a diploma program, an associate degree program, or a bachlors degree program. The college degree is seperate from the nursing degree. LPN is a 1 year vocational school program, RN is a 2 year professional school program, RN/ADN is a 3 year program, RN/BSN is a 4-5 year program. both RN programs have the same nursing content, the additional time in the BSN is for the college credits. If you want to be a nurse practioner you will need to take an additional 2 years for the Masters of Science in Nursing AND an additional year of nursing clinicals at the minimum. In most states the LPN/LVN provides all nursing care but is not an independent practioner, she has a RN who confirms her assessments and performs procedures the LPN/LVN is not allowed to preform. In Pennsylvania the LPN can not do IV push meds,hang blood or declare a patient dead. In Pennsylvania the LPN has what is called a dependent license, she must be working under the supervision of an RN. This supervision does not have to be direct, however if the nursing staff is made up of LPNs as in the case of long term care, there must be an RN on site at all times. In some states the LPN is not allowed to do patient teaching, it must be done by the RN. If this sounds confusing, it is, but I hope I made it a little more clear.
  6. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heart of texas

    The main difference is pay and responsibility. Rns have better pay but they also have greater responsiblity than lpns or lvns.............................................. .........................

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  7. by   dstudent
    Thanks guys I'm getting to know the States a bit better now Love it.