What is a Licensed Vocational Nurse?

A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), also known as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), is a nurse who provides basic patient care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or doctor. LVNs generally are less senior and are paid less compared to RNs, but as a result LVN programs are much shorter (~1 year vs 2-4 years) and cost less.