Licensed vocational nurses
(LVNs) and registered nurses (RNs), including advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), perform acts based on the specialized judgment and skills derived from the knowledge acquired in their formal nursing education program [TOC [section]301.002 (2) & (5)].
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses
(LVNs) provide basic essential medical care under the supervision of RNs and have the lowest entry-level requirements.
There were about 2.9 million registered nurses nationwide, along with 702,400 licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
and 1.4 million nursing assistants as of May 2016, according to the United States Department of Labors Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Spetz said another reason behind the higher salaries for RNs is that California's licensed vocational nurses
- who receive less training than registered nurses - are not allowed to do as much as their counterparts in other states.
The nurses included registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses
For example, 14% of all RNs in 2008 had previously been employed as licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses
(LPN/LVN) (Cook, Dover, Dickson, & Engh, 2010).
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
assist registered nurses in monitoring patients, dispensing basic treatment, and maintaining records.
This distinguished body includes Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurses
(LVN), Registered Nurses (RN), Nurse Anesthetists, Midwives and Nursing Assistants.
Researchers are now working to recruit female registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses
and nursing students ages 20 to 46 who live in the U.S.
Among licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
, the percentage of men grew from 3.9 percent in 1970 to 8.1 percent in 2011.