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Rajan asked in Science & MathematicsMedicine · 1 decade ago

whats the differance between a RN and a Nurse?

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i know RN stands for Registered Nurse, i just want to know what the differance

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Ok, someone up there put the LPN as the lowest nurse, no, a CNA is the lowest, just because they only have a certificate from school, they do chores and daily living things such as bed changes, showers, eating, ect. The LPN/LVN is next up, they went to school and got a certificate, but, also did college credits and had to take a liscensed test showing they know how to give medicine, take BP, some can start IV's, ect..... The RN is the registered nurse, it's usually 2-4 years college, plus 1-2 years nursing school. The RN is basically the "supervisor" of all the nurses on a hospital floor, they do IV"s, do orders, give meds, and oversee all CNA's and LPN's on a hospital floor, among other things. There is also a Nurse Practitioner which is basically a nurse that practices medicine as a doctor, they usually work in doctor's offices as doctors. I hope this helps some.

    Source(s): RN nursing student--2nd year.
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  • 1 decade ago

    An RN is a type of nurse (registered nurse.) The "lowest" type of nurse is a licensed practical nurse (LPN), who typically graduates from a vocational school or a two year program and passes a state exam. An RN graduates with either an AS or a BS in Nursing, and passes the state NCLEX exam. The highest form of a nurse is a Nurse Practitioner, who has a MS in Nursing, and passes a state exam. A nurse practitioner is similar to a doctor and can actually do more than a Physician's Asst (PA), including writing prescriptions.

    Source(s): Husband is an RN.
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  • 1 decade ago

    RN stands for Registered Nurse. There are all different levels of nursing. For example there's EN (Enrolled Nurse or an Endorsed Nurse) AIN etc ... RN is pretty high up there I think. But it depends on where you live, as there are different classifications in each state/country.

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  • 1 decade ago

    RN is simply the abbreviation for registered nurse. It's a degree, like MD, PhD, etc. An LPN, is a licensed practical nurse. The duties and education are somewhat different.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Rn is legal and nurse is somewhat a verb for curing. but they are just the same because if you are still studying they will call you a student nurse so if you are already registered you will be called a r.n. or a nurse. they are the same in a manner of, you will never be a nurse if you are not registered or doesn't have a license.

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  • 1 decade ago

    RN=Registered Nurse and LPN=licensed Practical Nurse. These two designations denote professionally trained nurses.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A RN is a registered nurse..

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  • Be careful with some of those abbreviations! CNA can be used for clinical nursing assistants but it can also be Certified Nurse Anesthetist which is the highest paid nursing job available (to my knowledge) and paid higher than many docs.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A RN is a nurse, you twit.

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  • 1 decade ago

    i always thought they were the same thing.

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