What Is the Difference Between an RN, an LPN, and a BSN?

RN stands for registered nurse. LPN stands is a licensed practical nurse. Though these are both types of nurses, each requires a different level of education and has different job responsibilities. An RN has at least an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and must pass the NCLEX-RN exam. They typically work in hospitals and other health care facilities and can administer medications, provide treatments, and offer medical advice to patients and families. An LPN only needs to complete a one-year LPN certificate program from a vocational school. LPNs only provide basic patient care, such as changing wound dressings or bedpans. BSN stands for Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Nurses with this college degree become RNs but are eligible for a broader range of positions, often with higher pay.

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