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What is the difference between LPN and RN?

Other than pay, what is the difference? What would a typical day for an LPN be? What would a typical day for an RN be?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:37 PM on May. 31, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • Lpn's go to nursing school, have to pass clinicals, and have to pass nursing board just like Rn's.....the big difference is that the Rn is responsible for the Lpn's and Cna's under her staffing......Lpn's can pass meds, be crosstrained to do labwork, adminster treatments, dressing changes....they are not allowed to adminsiter chemotherapy and certain IV meds....they also have to get certified to start IV's....they can work in hospitals,nursing homes, home health care, camps, and doctors offices...
    Rn's make a bit more and can delegate work to both Lpn's and Cna's but then again the Lpn can also delegate to the Cna....the job you dont want is the Cna unless you like grunt work and lots of it!!!!

    Answer by michaux at 4:02 PM on Jun. 1, 2010

  • Licenced Vocational Nurse or Licensed Professional Nurse = 2 year program

    Registered Nurse = 4 year degree (more money)

    You can bridge from LVN and get your RN

    Answer by lowencope at 10:40 PM on May. 31, 2010

  • LPN-care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses.

    RN-regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients' family members. RNs record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

    Answer by geminisummerz at 10:48 PM on May. 31, 2010

  • for LPN, think nursing home attendant, versus RN, like an emergency room nurse. RNs go to school longer and have to pass a board exam.

    Answer by secondtyme520 at 10:52 PM on May. 31, 2010

  • The most difference is money. An RN requires an associates at the very least and Nursing training. LPN are pretty much phased out now.

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 11:28 PM on May. 31, 2010

  • An LPN can't do as much as an RN. The RN kind of supervises the LPN - like 1 RN will have 6 patients but also have 2 or 3 LPNs under them each helping with 2-3 of those patients. RNs are the ones to hand out the drugs, etc, LPNs do more of the dirty work.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:10 AM on Jun. 1, 2010

  • It's Licensed PRACTICAL Nurse. The difference is like all careers, the most education you have (RN) the less work you actually have to do. The LPN and CNAs do it for them. RN's just sign charts, play with doctors, delegate work for others, sit on their behind and take home big paychecks.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:59 AM on Jun. 1, 2010

  • Yes , It is Licensed Practical Nurse and Registered Nurse. My mother was an LPN now she is an RN from what I understand my mother went back to school to become an RN and she made quite a bit more money. There were also, opportunities available to her since she was an RN. However, being as though she was great at what she did when she was an LPN it did not hinder her she was still highly recruited and then she did eventually a few years later become an RN. It required more schooling and we were little.

    Answer by Debonette at 8:51 PM on Jun. 4, 2010