RN or LPN: Which role is right for the job?

RNs and LPNs- both licensed nurses, have similar and complementary roles, and very different scopes of practice.  Below is a quick overview demonstrating the similarities among and differences between the two.  Keep in mind that the information contained in this diagram has been simplified based upon the NH State Statute, RSA Title XXX/ 326-B.  This information is meant for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as the Scope of Practice for RNs or LPNs in NH.  Interpretation of law is complex and nuanced. Contact your Board of Nursing for guidance regarding specific practice questions. The NH Board of Nursing Position Statements and Advisories can be found here. 


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