What is the differences between a Licensed Practical Nurse and a Licensed Vocational Nurse?

Is there any difference at all? Why in the United States are LPN jobs being phased out?

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  1. Courtney ?'s Bill K. says:

    ? O.O ?

    i have no clue but OMG, they’re phasing out LPNs!!!?

  2. ravenpoe787 says:

    I have wondered this myself.
    One place I read said its the same thing only Texas and California say LVN and other states LPN.

    This site said there is a difference

    It made LVN sound more entry level

    Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) are entry-level nurses who help provide care for patients in stable condition. LVNs work directly with patients and have to make few medical decisions. This article will detail the job duties for a licensed vocational nurse.

    Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) work with doctors and registered nurses to perform important health care tasks such as measuring vital signs and observing patients. To become an LPN, you need to complete a practical nursing training program that lasts about one year. This article will explain the job duties of an LPN in more detail.

  3. JUAN FRAN$$$ says:

    That is going to depend on what State you are in:

    In Texas: Note Texas is different from a lot of states:
    a LPN is basically just a orderly, you know bed pan changer:
    While a LVN can do almost the same things a R.N. except start and I.V.
    And a LVN has to go to school for around a year: Both clinical and classroom before she can take the state board:

    Right across the State Line:
    A LVN is basically an orderly, you bedpan changer.
    While the LPN is the one that can like the LVN in Texas do everything a R.N. can do but start an I.V. LPN’s have to go to school both classroom and clinical for a year and take a state board exam.
    I don’t know about the rest of United States but in Texas there has been talk of phasing out LVN’s in favor of 2 year Associate Degree RN’s.
    The main reason for that is the hospitals are the ones which have LVN schools mainly:
    All the Jr. and Community Colleges have 2 year RN programs:
    Also most all people that get their LVN license end up going back to get their RN license in Texas>
    Most Jr. Colleges and Community Colleges in Texas have a program where Licensed LVN’s get credit for all their courses in the LVN program.

    They take just the courses, like English, history etc they need to get their Associates degree to take their RN board exam.

  4. versantly says:

    a word -best to get your RN/BSN. you’ll have more advancement opportunities & higher pay.