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Vocational Nurse

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What is the difference between "Registered nurses" and "Practical and vocational nurses"?

First and foremost, the level of education. Secondly, the practical or vocational nurse does not function with the same level of responsiblity as a registered nurse, and their level of allowed responsibility will vary from state to state (dependent on any states given Nurse Practice Acts) and instituion to institution.

Do not however, assume that the vocational or practical nurse knows less or is not as capable as the registered nurse. I have found over the years that it is not the initials behind your name that determine whether or not you are a good is the individuals willingness to learn and grow, the individuals ability to know their limitations and to act accordingly and responsibly. I have worked with some excellent practical/vocational and registered nurses

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