The required schooling differentiates registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. While registered nurses must receive an ADN or BSN degree, licensed practical nurses must receive an associate degree or a certificate from a program accepted by the practicing state. Both types of professionals must pass the NCLEX before practicing.
The scope of licensed practical nurses’ work is more focused on tasks, like taking samples or vitals, rather than plan development. They often work under registered nurses and physicians.
Why are registered nurses important to healthcare?
Registered nurses are important because they coordinate and provide individualized, quality care to patients, educate the public and act as supportive advocates for patients and their families.