What Are the Differences Between an LPN & an RN?

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The differences between LPNs and RNs are primarily educational, in addition to the fact that LPNs are not allowed to do some of the same tasks in a hospital setting. Find out how the tasks of different nurses can vary from state to state with help from a licensed RN in this free video on nursing jobs and health care.

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Hi, my name is Kayti Brosnan. I'm a Registered Nurse here in Austin, Texas and I'm going to tell you what the difference between an LPN and an RN are. It's, it's good to know first of all that an LPN is a License Practical Nurse; but in the states of California and Texas they're called LVNs or License Vocational Nurse and RN stands for Registered Nurse. The main differences are primarily education and what you can actually do and administer in the hospital. An LVN or an LPN is an average a one-year school program and for nurses depending upon, or for Registered Nurses, depending upon having a ADN or a BSN, you're going between two and four years. Once you pass your boards and you're employed as an LVN, LPN or an RN, the main differences are going to be what you can do within your state. This is regulated by the Board of Nursing within your state; everything's a little bit different, but there's limitations to oral medication and IV medications that are considered high risk and need to be monitored by, by a qualified Registered Nurse. So check with your Board of Nursing for what the differences are within your state. But those are, those are pretty much the two, the two biggest differences you have; the education and the administration of medication and what you can assess.

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