Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) vs. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)
Licensed vocational nurses (LVN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) are similar positions. Both LVNs and LPNs provide basic care to nursing patients and work under nurses with more advanced titles, like a registered nurse (RN). The main difference is where the entry-level licensed nurse works. An LVN works in the state of California; Texas also employs LVNs. Other states distinguish these types of nurses as LPNs.
Both LVNs and LPNs must pass rigorous licensing requirements set forth by the state in which the nurse wants to work. These typically include educational requirements and the passing of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). Licenses will need to be renewed in the time frame the state dictates, typically every two to four years.