Published Oct 4, 2004
I am not a nursing student yet -- but would love to be. My question for you professionals out there is this: what are the differences and "hierarchy" of the different designations of nurses? I see LPN, ADN, RN, BSN, MSN, etc. tossed around, but I have no idea what many of them are or how they differ from the others.
I already have a college degree (in English of all things) but wonder do I change to a BSN then go for an RN or what is the protocol?
Hope this doesn't mean I am too dumb to even tackle this career.
Thanks, in advance, for your input.
Nursing student hopeful
klone, MSN, RN
An LPN has less schooling than an RN. She generally has one year of nursing schooling. After that one year, she is eligible to take the NCLEX-PN exam, and upon passing, is an LPN (licensed practical nurse - also referred to as LVN - licensed vocational nurse).
An ADN is an associate's degree in nursing, given by community colleges. A BSN is a bachelor's degree in nursing, given by a university. An ADN is generally called a "2 year program" and a BSN is called a "4 year program" but in actual practice, it's almost impossible to finish an ADN program in under 3 years. Both an ADN graduate and a BSN graduate are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam, and upon passing, is an RN.
An MSN is a Master's degree in nursing.
If you already have a Bachelor's degree in some other field, a lot of universities offer accelerated BSN programs, where you can get a BSN in 2-3 years, instead of the traditional 4.
VickyRN, MSN, DNP, RN
Here's some more general information about nursing:
RheatherN, ASN, RN, EMT-P
the diff levels usually mean you can do diff things. like around where i am, if you want supervisory/mgt positions, you have to have your BSN or higher. teaching is more ect.. you should be able to find stuff in an online search. or even email the school
Daytonite, BSN, RN
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