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  1. Hello there....i'm only new in this site...could somebody out there help me?....I want to take up PN and my previous work is in a bank....i just want to change my career...Does an LPN require too much physical activity? I'm just wondering 'coz I'm a little bit thin and my height is only 5'....Am I capable of doing what an LPN does? Thanks...
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    Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 19

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  3. by   TheCommuter
    I rarely lift patients or do much physical work as an LVN. I stand frequently and am occasionally asked to help pull a patient up in bed. I thank goodness that I am not required to do a lot of physical stuff because I suffer from chronic back and leg pain.
  4. by   xtine
    Quote from TheCommuter
    I rarely lift patients or do much physical work as an LVN. I stand frequently and am occasionally asked to help pull a patient up in bed. I thank goodness that I am not required to do a lot of physical stuff because I suffer from chronic back and leg pain.
    Oh thanks for your response...by the way, is there any difference between LPN and LVN?
  5. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from xtine
    Oh thanks for your response...by the way, is there any difference between LPN and LVN?
    LPN and LVN are the exact same type of nurse.

    LPN = Licensed Practical Nurse
    LVN = Licensed Vocational Nurse

    California and Texas refers to their basic nurses as LVNs. The other 48 states refer to their basic nurses as LPNs. I'm licensed in California and Texas; therefore, I'm called an LVN. I would be called an LPN if I worked in any other state beside California and Texas.
  6. by   xtine
    Quote from TheCommuter
    LPN and LVN are the exact same type of nurse.

    LPN = Licensed Practical Nurse
    LVN = Licensed Vocational Nurse

    California and Texas refers to their basic nurses as LVNs. The other 48 states refer to their basic nurses as LPNs. I'm licensed in California and Texas; therefore, I'm called an LVN. I would be called an LPN if I worked in any other state beside California and Texas.
    thank you so much for the info...by the way, if i'll be working as an LPN in canada, would there be any chance for me to work in the US as an LPN also? Have you heard of this thing before? Good day and thanks again...
  7. by   TheCommuter
    You'll need to contact the Board of Nursing for the state in which you'd like to work.
  8. by   pagandeva2000
    I would say that during clinicals, it may be physical because they will require you to do complete bed baths and such, but once you finish, it shouldn't be. Also, they teach you techniques to decrease the strain on your body.
  9. by   xtine
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    I would say that during clinicals, it may be physical because they will require you to do complete bed baths and such, but once you finish, it shouldn't be. Also, they teach you techniques to decrease the strain on your body.
    Thank you for your respone...do you mean LPN is also the one doing bed baths, am I correct on that? I thought that care aides do that...by the way, what does CNA do? Is it also the same as with LPN? Sorry if I have so many questions...I'm taking all your responses seriously because this would be my basis if I'm going to go for PN program...thanks again and God bless...
  10. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from xtine
    Thank you for your respone...do you mean LPN is also the one doing bed baths, am I correct on that? I thought that care aides do that...by the way, what does CNA do? Is it also the same as with LPN? Sorry if I have so many questions...I'm taking all your responses seriously because this would be my basis if I'm going to go for PN program...thanks again and God bless...
    CNA = Certified Nurses Aide
    LPN = Licensed Practical Nurse
    They're not the same thing. Please read the links below.

    While I had to learn how to give bed baths in school, I have never had to give a bath while working as an LPN. I administer medications, supervise CNAs, chart, dress wounds, do simple treatments, CPR (if someone dies), IVs, wound vacuums, gastric tube feedings, etc. Please read the links below.

    http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos165.htm
    http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos102.htm
  11. by   xtine
    Quote from TheCommuter
    CNA = Certified Nurses Aide
    LPN = Licensed Practical Nurse
    They're not the same thing. Please read the links below.

    While I had to learn how to give bed baths in school, I have never had to give a bath while working as an LPN. I administer medications, supervise CNAs, chart, dress wounds, do simple treatments, CPR (if someone dies), IVs, wound vacuums, gastric tube feedings, etc. Please read the links below.

    http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos165.htm
    http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos102.htm
    what a great info that you've provided...i really appreciate that...
    I think I really wanna go for PN program next year...this site is really helpful 'coz all of you guys are so nice....thanks again The Commuter and God bless...:wink2:
  12. by   jamangel
    There are places where you may have to do physical labor. Rehab is one of those places. There are many places where you won't have to do any or just merely assist the CNA from time to time.
  13. by   beethoven1117
    i used to be in the military and i hated the physical work. now as an lvn, if a patient is too big to move or what not, you have cna's or other nurses that will help you.
  14. by   xtine
    what is the difference between ADN and RN? Will it take longer years of studying to become an RN than ADN? Sorry for this question, 'coz we don't have ADN in my country.

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