There are so many specializations when it comes to nursing, along with a lot of acronyms. So when you see abbreviations like LVN and LPN, what do you need to know? What are the differences, how do you become qualified, and what are the job prospects? Before you dive deeply into your research, check out some of the nuances and how you can become either an LVN or LPN.
What’s The Difference Between LVN and LPN?
Here’s the interesting part you may not know. The truth is, LVN and LPN are just different names for the same job. Both roles need to take the LCNEX-PN exam to become licensed. But the minor differences between the names comes from where you practice.
LVN is used in California and Texas, while LPN is used throughout the rest of the country. There may be some small responsibilities that are different, but ultimately, they are the same thing. To make it easier, since we’re based in Dallas, Texas, we’ll use LVN throughout this post.
As with any healthcare job, there are specific requirements you’ll need to find a job in your field. Beyond getting your license, you will also need skills such as:
You will also need to be able to administer medications, provide preventative care, and work with a lot of different people. You will also be responsible for following the legal and ethical requirements for maintaining your nursing license.
Education and Training
Becoming an LVN is a shorter time commitment than becoming an RN. There are LVN programs that you can complete in just over a year. Some programs are even available exclusively online. Once you complete the training, you’ll need to take the exam and, after you pass, you’re able to work as an LVN.
Some people use this as a way to decide if they want to continue their education to become an RN. Others are happy to remain practicing as an LVN.
Once you’re licensed as an LVN, there are many areas of practice you can select. Specializations include:
- Labor and delivery
- Neuro or Trauma ICU
- Emergency room
- And more
Are you an LVN or RN looking for an exciting new opportunity?
CornerStone Medical, a leading employer of nurses in Dallas, TX, is hiring LVN’s and RN’s like you. Contact us today to get started.