Whether a person is in a doctor’s office, a hospital, a clinic or another type of healthcare facility, the first point of medical contact is usually with a healthcare professional, particularly a nurse. And although these nurses have the overall goal of providing the best patient care, every nurse is not the same. Their educational levels, responsibilities and functions, salary differences and career path aspirations may vary.
The roles of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs) have significant differences. It’s important for nursing students to understand these differences because it can help them better assess their current educational goals and their future healthcare career path.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RESPONSBILITIES/FUNCTIONS
CAREER PATH DIFFERENCES
Along with these differences, the US Bureau of Labor Board Statistics reports that an RN’s annual salary ranges from $59,600 to $77,200. An LPN’s salary generally falls between $25,400 and $47,400. Both RNs and LPNs may receive benefit packages, such as a 401k plan, paid vacation and sick time, tuition reimbursement and disability insurance. Benefit packages offered by employers can vary, so it’s important LPNs and RNs check with their human resources department to find out more about the benefits that are available to them as employees.
If you’re ready to take the next step in becoming an RN, Rue Education provides a comprehensive LPN/LVN to RN program. Programs are also available for Paramedics and Respiratory Therapists looking to advance to RN.
Contact a Rue Educational Consultant for more details at 1-866-499-5083 or fill out a contact form.