Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse Careers
A licensed practical nurse (LPN) is called a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in California and Texas, but both are regarded as the same occupation. LPNs are entry level nurses who use basic nursing skills to provide patient care and who work under the supervision of a registered nurse.
As the complexity of medical care increases, the responsibilities of registered nurses have greatly increased, and this in turn has expanded the duties and responsibilities of LPNs. The nursing shortage also places the LPNs in new roles with added responsibilities.