The difference between a registered nurse (RN) and a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) is related to the scope of the nurse's duties as defined by state regulations, according to Everest Colleges, Institutes and Universities. An RN is responsible for not only the patient's care, but assesses the patient and makes a plan for treatment while an LVN's duties are directly related to carrying out the RN's plan for the patient.Know More
An RN takes on more responsibility when it comes to a patient's care. Common duties include consulting with doctors about patient care, educating patients and families, administering medication and treatment and evaluating a patient's condition based on previous medical history and the current plan for treatment. In order to become an RN, a bachelor's of science in nursing or an equivalent diploma from an accredited nursing program is required, as is a state-issued license.
An LVN also is required to obtain a license from the state and to graduate from a 1-year accredited program in nursing. An LVN's duties focus on less-specific areas of patient care, such as changing bandages, checking blood pressure, keeping records of those under their care and reporting the status of a patient's health to the RN in charge, as described by NursingLicensure.com.Learn more about Careers
Individual schools establish prerequisites to become a licensed vocational nurse via a Regional Occupational Program; however, applicants are typicaslly required to be at least 17 or 18 years old and possess a high school diploma or GED. Many schools require prerequisite coursework, such as medical mathematics or nursing fundamentals.Full Answer >
Licensed vocational nurse, or LVN, is a job title that is specific to Texas and California. In all other states, this position is known as an LPN, or licensed practical nurse. LVNs work under the supervision of doctors and registered nurses and provide basic nursing care to patients.Full Answer >
An RN to MD bridge program would theoretically be a program that shortens the time a person with an RN degree would need to complete an MD. According to alliedhealthworld.com, no such program exists.Full Answer >
The exact amount of time that it takes to become a registered nurse depends on the program. When attending school full time, an associate degree program takes two years, while a bachelor's degree program takes four years.Full Answer >