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Difference between a CNA, LVN, and RN. (Nursing)


By Juliet / 7 years ago / In: General , Health ,



Well as some of you may know, I am a licensed CNA. I’m going to school in january to get my LVN, and then after doig that for 3 semesters i’ll bridge over into the RN program. I thought i’d take the time to explain the difference because, well i’m bored and want to teach you guys something new 😛 (if you didn’t already know!)

CNA: Certified Nursing Assistant
CNAs provide direct patient care, both medical and non-medical and work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient facilities, long term care facilities, clinics and in home care. CNAs are often given patient duties that are undesirable to other hospital staff. (the bitch work, haha) Home health nurses aides typically work independently with little direct supervision. (This is what I do!) I like it more because I only have one client to take care of instead of having 8 beds in a hospital. My duties include: Light housekeeping, shopping, errands, meal preparation, pet care, observing client and making sure to report any sudden changes to the nurse, documenting food/fluid intake and outtake, and companionship. Typical CNA’s make anywhere from $9.00 to $14.00 an hour, depending on experience. It’s a rewarding and relatively easy job, (which is why you might find me on here a lot on my downtime!)

LVN: Licensed Vocational Nurse (What I’m going to school for in January!)
Also known as a Licensed Practical Nurse, or LPN, they have more or less the same duties as an RN (registered nurse) EXCEPT they are not trained to administer IVs. Since most patients in hospitals are hooked up to an IV, LVN’s tend to work more in long term care facilities working with the elderly. LVNs duties include, administering meds, taking vital signs, record keeping, wound care, emotional support, and personal hygiene among many other things. The typical median expected Salary for an LVN in the US is around $40,000. Not too shabby eh 😉

RN: Registered Nurse
RN’s have a greater amount of responsibilities. Because their education level is higher then an LVN, they educate individuals, the public, and members of the health care team about the principles of disease prevention and health promotion. Another important function an RN does is assess the health status of individuals, families, and communities; and develop care plans accordingly. RNs provide hands-on care, typically for patients whose conditions are not stable, or patients whose needs are more complex than those who are cared for by an LVN The typical median expected salary for an RN in the US is around $62,000.

So like I said, I’m currently a CNA, going to school soon to become an LVN, and then finishing with the RN program. The only reason I’m not going straight to the RN program is because if you can believe it or not it’s a 2 year wait list! (Most nursing schools are) And I got accepted into the LVN program for January without a wait. Wasn’t easy though! I had to complete a list of pre-req classes including math, english, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology AND I had to get my CNA license. Well I hope I didn’t bore you guys too much, but I guess if you’re still reading this you were somewhat interested and hopefully learned something new =)

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