LPN - Licensed Practical Nurse
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LVN) is a nurse that is licensed by the state to provide routine patient care. Some states use the term LVN or Licensed Vocational Nurse rather than LPN.
Many LPN”s are restricted by state law and must work under RN’s or Doctors when providing certain types of care.
An LPN or LVN can work in a hospital, long-term care facility, convalescent home, doctor’s office or surgical center, providing many of the same services also performed by Registered Nurses (RNs). Many LVNs can specialize in a field of medicine chosen by them although it may require some advanced training.
LPNs and LVN’s are required to have an Associates Degree from a 2-year college. Their education consists of training in anatomy, physiology, and patient care and includes a set amount of clinical practice.