Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

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A Program of the ATS

Registered Nurse (RN)

Registered nurses (RNs) are health care professionals who have completed either a two-year college degree, a three year nursing diploma program, or a four-year Bachelor of Science Nursing program. After any one of these three educational routes, a test is required to be considered a registered nurse. The scope of practice for a RN is wider than for a licensed practical nurse (LPN) because of the level and content of education. In the hospital setting, registered nurses are often assigned a supervisory role to oversee tasks performed by LPNs and nursing assistants.