The Difference Between an LPN and RN

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Difference between an LPN and RN

Presented to Professor Anthony
Transition to Nursing

By: Lee Rittner
April 21, 2012

Difference between an LPN and RN

ABSTRACT

It takes a lot of courage to let go of what is known, familiar, and comfortable.   Change is a driving force in everyone.   Like a butterfly, individuals in the nursing field may go through similar stages of metamorphosis, which is a process of growth, change, and development, (Wikipedia Foundation, 2006).   Nurses have a vast amount of opportunity for growth and change in the healthcare field.   “ The nursing profession has often been viewed as target of change rather than a force that proposes, leads, and implements change”(Habel,2005).   Many individuals are choosing to evolve and expand their careers and obtain their bachelor’s degree in nursing.   While the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) performs much of the same skills, the student professional nurse must refine his or her skills in clinical judgment, collaboration, leadership, and delegation to effectively care for their patients as a professional nurse. The many comparisons and contrasts to the role of a Registered Nurse (RN) to an LPN can vary by their credentials.   However, there are differences and similarities in pay, education, training, abilities, and their qualifications that are required for them to practice safely, and legally.   While it is true that both are ultimately charged with providing quality patient care, the differences are vast and the careers of the two are usually very different.   When comparing the differences in opportunities between a RN and LPN, one must first understand the abilities and skills sets of each. This paper will highlight some of the differences between and LPN and RN.

Difference between an LPN and RN

According to the Florida Nurse Practice Act, a "Registered Nurse" means any person licensed in this state to practice professional nursing and a "Licensed Practical Nurse" means any...
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