What’s the difference between a nurse, a nurse practitioner, and a registered nurse?


Is a registered nurse the same thing as a nurse practitioner?

4 Answers

  • Jason
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    A "nurse" is anyone who is licensed by their state as an LPN, RN, or NP.

    A registered nurse has completed an accredited program of instruction from a school of nursing, holds a degree in the field, has passed the NCLEX-RN board exam, and is licensed by their state to practice as a Registered Nurse. The scope of practice of an RN is defined by law.

    A Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse who has completed an additional graduate program at the masters or doctoral level, has passed a board exam, and is licensed by their state to practice at the level of a provider -- which includes writing prescriptions and performing invasive procedures. It is the highest level of independent practice for a nurse.


    Source(s): Working on my master's in nursing
  • :)
    Lv 5
    11 months ago

    This is a very easy google search

  • Anonymous
    11 months ago

    Nurse practitioner and registered nurse are to nurse as broccoli and cauliflower are to vegetable.

    There are different kinds of nursing licenses based on education and training.

    Of the two types of nurses you mentioned, the nurse practitioner has the higher level of education/training and can perform a wider variety services than a registered nurse. Nurse practitioners can actually diagnose and prescribe which is something that registered nurses cannot.

    Registered nurses can have either a two year degree or a four year degree. The ones with four year degrees will have more varied/advanced career opportunities and make more money than a registered nurse who only has an associate's.

  • 11 months ago

    The word "nurse" is generic, and does not explain the level of education a nurse has earned.

    Different levels of nursing degrees in the USA are explained on wikipedia:


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