Cambridge’s BSN, ASN & Practical Nursing (LPN) programs are focused on content and teaching excellence!

Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology is proud to further hone and focus on its Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Online (BSN), Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) and Practical Nursing (LPN) programs at its Delray Beach in Palm Beach County and Cambridge Institute’s Altamonte Springs (Orlando), Florida campus.

Cambridge is focused on identifying qualified prospective students and creating the student’s foundation with our BSN, ASN and LPN in nursing options. Cambridge’s students learn with the same technology used in hospitals and medical facilities.  Cambridge is striving to provide the highest quality of instruction from our faculty to help prepare you for the future, no matter where you are in your nursing career.

By becoming a Registered Nurse or Practical Nurse, it is a way to get a solid foundation and professional position in nursing. Cambridge provides nursing related degrees that you will need to become a confident, skilled healthcare professional. The nursing classroom teaching and external training will give you valuable real-world clinical experience as you continue your education toward an Associate Degree in Nursing or the other programs.

What is the Difference between RN and LPN?
We use term “nurse” where it can mean either a registered nurse (RN) or a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Although both are important to the provision of nursing care, they are not identical. These two branches of nursing have key differences in job duties, education, required examinations, and salary ranges. In the area of direct patient care, both types of nurses have many responsibilities:

  • They observe and record patient’s symptoms, responses to treatment, and progress.
  • They work in tandem with physicians and other health care providers during examinations and treatments.
  • They administer medications and take vital signs.
  • They help patients rehabilitate and heal.
  • They educate patients about short and long-term health.

Each state regulates the practice of nursing and the scope of practice for RNs and LPNs may differ from one state to another. In general, LPNs have a different scope of practice than RNs.

Professional Duties
The LPN is authorized to provide direct patient care only under the supervision of an RN or a physician. LPNs cannot practice independently. LPNs provide basic nursing care such as:

  • Checking blood pressure and inserting catheters.
  • Discussing health care with patients.
  • Reporting the status of patients to RNs or doctors.

Other job duties may include performing wound care, administering medications and starting I.V.s. Under licensure, NO nurse or physician of any kind can make decisions for the patient. That is out of scope of any health care professional.

All nurses apply critical thinking. The RN provides some of the same direct care as the LPN, but the RN is also expected to take leadership roles, apply critical thinking skills, and deliver more complex care than LPNs. The entire health care team develops the patient care plan, including LPNs and therapists while the RN further provides more advanced nursing care by:

– Performing initial patient assessments;
– Further developing a patient care plan;
– Further charting conditions and symptoms;
– Further teaching patients how to manage their illnesses or injuries; and,
– Supervising LPNs.

The RN is the head of the nursing staff.

Education
Educational requirements for LPNs and RNs are very similar, but there are a few key differences.

LPNs must:

  • Complete an approximate one-year duration accredited practical nursing program, consisting of basic nursing courses;
  • Obtain practical experience in patient care; and,
  • Pass the NCLEX-PN exam.

RNs must:

  • Complete an approximate two-year duration accredited associate’s degree program or a four-year accredited bachelor’s degree program, consisting of advanced nursing courses;
  • Obtain practical experience in patient care; and,
  • Pass the NCLEX-RN exam.

Both RNs and LPNs require courses in basic nursing, anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology, but the RN must also master more complex topics such as psychology, nutrition, and community health issues. All nursing students take the same coursework. The differences are in how in depth we go and how time we spend.

Job Outlook
Nursing is the fastest growing occupation in healthcare and is among the 10 occupations projected to have the largest number of new jobs in the future.  Bureau of Labor Statistics—BLS.GOV