In search of all the information I can get..

by bisforbrown bisforbrown (New) New

What are the biggest differences between what RN, CNA, LNP, & ect can/will do?

Also what jobs are available to those who get an ADN as an RN?

Currently that's what I'm enrolled in school for, but I honestly don't know much.

I'm wanting to work more with children, and I don't know what I need to do that. (Labor and delivery, or children's hospital, or pediatric doctors office)

I have talked to my local college, but they haven' really helped much.

Please any and all information or words of advice!!!!


Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 17 years experience. 5 Articles; 10,901 Posts

What an RN and LPN can do is dictated by the scope of practice set forth by the state. Every nursing student and nurse should be familiar with the nurse practice act of any state in which they work. RNs and LPNs can delegate certain tasks to unlicensed personnel such as CNAs and patient care assistants. Again, this is affected by the scope of practice as well as facility policy.

An RN is an RN. An LPN is an LPN. There is no special schooling for pediatrics vs ICU vs whatever other specialty is out there. Prelicensure nursing education provides a general education. The specialty training is provided during orientation or residencies. There are several educational paths to take to gain licensure as an RN: diploma, ADN, BSN, direct entry MSN. What jobs someone with any degree can get depends on the facility's preferences and requirements. Many facilities are currently stating BSN preferred or BSN required on job postings. Look around at facilities in your area or the area in which you want to work and see what job postings are currently saying.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience. 9,051 Posts

It's pretty confusing, right? Keeping mind that there is some variation between states, HERE is a document outlining competency differences for LVN, ADN & BSN in my state. Maybe it will help clarify some of your questions. CNA is not listed because (in my state) they are not regulated by our BON. CNAs are very limited in scope and they can only work under the direction of a qualified supervisor.



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Like most of what has been said here already, what jobs are available for ADN RN's really depends on your area. I would look at local job postings for RNs to see if they are hiring people with ADN. That is what I did and how I decided to just go straight for the BSN. Good luck!