Only the states of Texas and California use the term LVN, or “Licensed Vocational Nurse.” The remaining 48 states call those in this profession LPN, or “Licensed Practical Nurse.” There is really no difference between the two job titles besides the letter.
So, what does it take to go from being a CNA (certified nursing assistant) to becoming a LVN (licensed vocation nurse)? An LVN has greater responsibilities and must know more skills than a CNA. They have a greater knowledge in healthcare which allows them to supervise certified nurse aides. They require more training in order to cope with the greater responsibilities that are demanded from them. If you are nursing assistant trying to bridge the program here are some of the steps that you need to take in order to become a LVN.
First, you need to know what tasks are given to a LVN for you to have an overview of the skills that you would need to add to your current skills. Some of them are to supervise nursing assistants, administer medication to patients, do laboratory tests, assess your patient’s condition, transport and feed them, give injections and IV, as well as giving basic care, cleaning them, and preparing their rooms before they arrive. With your added knowledge, you can also teach your patients about healthcare.
There are training programs available for current CNAs to become LVNs. They are usually held by community colleges in your area or by schools that provide vocational courses. You may be allowed to skip some of the courses that you have already taken during your training course as these are also included in LVN education. The course lasts for about a year and some states may require you to possess a certain length of experience as a CNA in order for you to take the LVN test. Some of the subjects that you may need to take include human anatomy and physiology; infant, child and adult nursing; and mental health.
After completing the required hours of education and training, you will take the NCLEX-PN test. This exam will give you the proper eligibility to become an LVN. You can also take alongside this with other exams such as those for administering IV injections. This will add to the tasks that you can do once you get on the job. It will also help raise the amount of pay that you are receiving.
Work for LVNs can range from private nursing homes, to healthcare facilities and private homes. Hospitals also hire a lot of LVNs to assist nurses and physicians on the job. The pay range for an LVN can range from $16-$25 per hour and $24,000 – $48,000 annually in the United States based on the current research. In order to get from being a CNA to an LVN, you need to master the skills and the training that will be given to you so that you can pass the licensure exam.
So if you are thinking of improving your financial condition and getting additional credits, you can opt to go from being a CNA to an LVN which will give you not just additional skills but additional job opportunities as well. The income that comes from improving your skills will in turn help you further your education and chances of higher ranks in healthcare positions. Visit this page to learn more about transitioning from a nurse aide to nurse.