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Why do some nurse job postings say an RN or LPN can apply, but then require RN applicants to have a BSN for the job?

Dear Donna,

I see many job openings that say either an RN or LPN may apply for the same position. The listing will read as follows: BSN is required for the registered nurse, but an LPN may apply. Why is a BSN required of me when an LPN is allowed to
work there?

Wondering

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Wondering,

It’s challenging to comment on this without actually seeing such an ad or knowing what’s behind it but here’s one possible scenario: A facility may have several staff nurse openings, some for RNs and some for LPNs. They advertise for “staff nurse” but mention both credentials because they have more than one position, at different levels, to fill.

LPNs and RNs do not do the same thing in a patient care setting. They both have different scopes of practice and an LPN must be supervised by an RN. So when you see such an ad in the future, I would advise that you either call the facility or apply to learn more.

Best wishes,

Donna

By | 2013-11-14T00:00:00-05:00 November 14th, 2013|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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