What Is an LVN?

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An LVN is a licensed vocational nurse, and this title is similar to LPNs in states other than California and Texas. Find out how LVNs are delegated or supervised by a registered nurse or charge nurse with help from a licensed RN in this free video on nursing jobs and health care.

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Hi, my name's Kayti Brosnan. I'm a registered nurse here in Austin, Texas, and I'm going to tell you what an LVN is. An LVN is a licensed vocational nurse, and that's the title that they use in the states of California and Texas. In all other states they call it an LPN or a licensed practical nurse. And basically, the role of an LVN is the same as an LPN, and in the hospital setting they're being delegated or supervised by a registered nurse or by the charge nurse. A lot of what they're doing is regulated by the board of nursing. With medications, the oral or the IV medications they have some limitations, but they're still assessing, caring for, and treating, and monitoring the patients just the same as a registered nurse would do. The only difference really is in the schooling, and some of those limitations with medication administration. And that's what a LVN or a licensed vocational nurse is.

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