The difference between a registered nurse (RN) and a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) is related to the scope of the nurse's duties as defined by state regulations, according to Everest Colleges, Institutes and Universities. An RN is responsible for not only the patient's care, but assesses the patient and makes a plan for treatment while an LVN's duties are directly related to carrying out the RN's plan for the patient.Continue Reading
An RN takes on more responsibility when it comes to a patient's care. Common duties include consulting with doctors about patient care, educating patients and families, administering medication and treatment and evaluating a patient's condition based on previous medical history and the current plan for treatment. In order to become an RN, a bachelor's of science in nursing or an equivalent diploma from an accredited nursing program is required, as is a state-issued license.
An LVN also is required to obtain a license from the state and to graduate from a 1-year accredited program in nursing. An LVN's duties focus on less-specific areas of patient care, such as changing bandages, checking blood pressure, keeping records of those under their care and reporting the status of a patient's health to the RN in charge, as described by NursingLicensure.com.Learn more about Careers
Being a Travel Licensed Practical Nurse involves many of the same duties as a stationary nurse, including providing diagnostic and long-term care for patients, conducting basic health diagnostics, checking medications and aiding in physical therapy. However, it also involves varying degrees of travel, flexible hours and additional efforts to comply with state and local regulations.Full Answer >
A nurse aid, or nursing assistant, performs a variety of duties that range from cleaning and bathing patients or residents in a nursing home to assisting patients with toileting and other daily living needs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. They may also feed patients or serve meals.Full Answer >
Requirements to become a registered nurse include a nursing board degree program and a registered nursing license from a state board. Each state has its own board of registered nursing, which approves degree programs and grants licenses.Full Answer >
Information that can be found in the Oklahoma Nurse Aide Registry include reviews and approvals of nurse aide training curriculum, review and approval of training programs, reviews and approvals of testing and a list of all registered nurse aides and non-technical workers in the state. The registry also contains the abuse registry, a list of certified nurse aides, public information and access to all applications for the program.Full Answer >