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Common questions about being a Licensed Practical Nurse

How are LPNs different from certified nursing assistants (CNAs)?

LPNs are qualified to do everything a CNA can do, including taking vital signs, performing CPR, assisting patients with daily self-care activities such as bathing. CNAs, however, cannot take responsibility for administering medication or assisting in surgery. Licensed practical nurses are able to take a more extensive role in patient care.

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Is it easy to move from a licensed practical nurse position to a registered nurse position?

It will require additional coursework to become a registered nurse, but you can find many programs that are designed specifically for licensed practical nurses who want to advance to registered nurse positions. Those programs will take your previous education and job experience into consideration and are unlikely to take as long as traditional bachelor's programs.

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