NURSE REQUIREMENTS

Nurse (LPN, LVN, RN) is a licensed professional. Nurses are not eligible for licensure until they pass either NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN exam. NCLEX is an acronym for National Council Licensure Examination. Whether a nurse is a LPN, LVN or RN they are all governed by their state board of nursing. Nurses are responsible for assessing, planning, observation, recording, medication management and implementation a plan of care for each of their patients.

Nurses modify the plan of care as necessary based on their patient's changing status. A nurse works as part of an interdisciplinary team (physicians, case workers, social workers, dieticians, physician assistants, therapists, and certified nursing assistants) to deliver the best care possible to their patients wherever their patient may be in the healthcare continuum-from optimal health through premature death. Nurses can work in a variety of settings from hospitals, homes, research labs, home health care, surgery centers, schools etc .. The education of a nurse is a minimum of 18 months up to 36 months for LPN/LVN training. RN training takes from 24 months to 48 months of training. LPN/LVN complement the healthcare team by providing basic and routine care consistent with their education under the direction of an RN, APRN, or MD/DO in a variety of settings.

An RN Perform physical exams and health histories, provide health promotion, counseling and education, administer medications, wound care, and numerous other personalized interventions, interpret patient information and make critical decisions about needed actions, coordinate care, in collaboration with a wide array of healthcare professionals, direct and supervise care delivered by other healthcare personnel like LPNs and nurse aides, and conduct research in support of improved practice and patient outcomes.

LPN staring salary range is from $29,000-$45, 000 RN starting salary range is from $44, 000-$81, 000

 

An RN Performs physical exams and health histories, provides health promotion, counseling and education, administers medications, wound care, and numerous other personalized interventions,

interpreting patient information and making critical decisions about needed actions, coordinating care, in collaboration with a wide array of healthcare professionals.

Direct and supervised care delivered by other healthcare personnel like LPNs and nurse aides, and conduct research in support of improved practice and patient outcomes.

LPN staring salary range is from $29,000-$45, 000

RN starting salary range is from $44, 000-$81, 000

LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)

12-24 months in length
1,350 hours on average
No college degree required
NCLEX-PN must be passed prior to eligibility-
you become a licensed professional through
your state board       
Provide basic nursing care
Able to delegate to Nursing Assistants
and Home Health Aides

Work Environment:  
Extended-care or long-term nursing
facilities (such as skilled rehabilitation
hospitals and nursing homes) are the
most common employment settings for LPNs.
They also work in general care hospitals,
medical offices, community health centers,
and in patients’ homes. Nursing services
are often provided around the clock, so
LPNs will have a variable work schedule
that often includes nights, holidays and
weekends. In some cases LPN’s will
supervise home health aides and certified
nursing assistants

RN (Registered Nurse)

Associates Degree/Bachelors Degree

60 credit hours/120 hours

2-3 years program/4 years

NCLEX-RN must be passed prior to eligibility- you become a licensed professional through your state board.

 Provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Delegate to LPN’s, Home Health Aides, Medical Assistants, Patient Care Technicians and Nursing Assistants

Work Environment:

Registered nurses work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in correctional facilities or schools, or serve in the military. RN’s are more involved in determining the course of care for a patient, and in some cases RNs will supervise LPNs in addition to home health aides and certified nursing assistants.

A Bachelor’s degree nurse is trained with additional concentrations in  theory, research and informatics (how nurses use technology).

 License # 5682

Commission for Independent Education

Department of Health Division
of Medical Quality Assurance

Certified Nursing Assistant Program # CNAP 1491

 

 

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