why "registered" nurse?

My google-fu failed me on this one. Why do people say “I’m a registered nurse” instead of just “nurse”, is there a difference? people don’t say "I’m a registered teacher/doctor/lawyer"or whatever right?.

“Registered Nurse” is the name of their license. There’s also “Licensed Practical Nurse” and “Nurse Practicioner” which are other license classes within nursing. Additionally there are Nurse’s aids (unlicensed) or Certified Nurse’s assistants (licensed) who aren’t nurses but perform nurse’s tasks under the direction and supervision of a nurse.

There are Registered Nurses (RN) Licensed Practical( or in some states Vocational)Nurses (LPN) and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA, sometimes other titles in other places, patients call them nurses as well as in “bath nurse.”) All three are different licenses and have duties/limitations set out by law in state and Federal Nurse Practice Acts. As for why it is “Registered” specifically, I believe that dates back to the days of Florence Nightingale where she trained nurses and their names were placed on a register of professionally trained nurses.

This. In my state, an RN may administer blood products and IV ‘push’ medications. An LPN is not allowed to do this. Some states require that an LPN work only under the direct supervision of an RN. State nurse practice laws vary a lot

Ok, so one could say that an R.N is a professional nurse while an L.P.N is more of a technician?.

When the provincial government here had a hardon a decade or two ago to replace RNs with much cheaper LPNs, the cynics suggested the government saw them as “Real Nurse” vs. “Let’s Pretend Nurse”.

When I was in college, the RN’s were taking a 4-year bachelor program with the anatomy, chemistry and medical courses and were getting as good training as almost anyone except doctors. LPN’s, I think, are a 2-year community college course.

Registered Nurse, “Real Nurse”, whatever you call it - it is a distinct name that separates the more professionally trained, more technical types from those who do somewhat similar work but at a less technical level. This is distinct from the situation where Engineers, or Doctors/MD’s, Dentists - have a name that common use and law reserve just for them. (If you don’t count “sanitary engineers”, I guess)

Ok, I got it. Thanks

Add that a (Registered) Nurse Practitioner has gone for additional P.G. studies and is able to, e.g., prescribe medicine under the general superviion of an M.D.

Although usage may vary, in many jurisdictions, the term “lawyer” is restricted to individuals who have passed the Bar and are registered with the relevant Law Society, so using the term “lawyer” is similar to being a “registered” nurse.

And what do you call a “lawyer” that hasn’t passed the bar exam?. just curious.

A guy with a lot of student debt.

IANAL :), but I don’t think they get to be called anything. Just somebody who knows a lot more about the law than the average person.

A fry cook.

Exactly. “IANAL” :smiley:

CNAs are not licensed, they are certified. They take classes and get certified.
RNs and LP(V)Ns take state tests to be licensed in their state.
They may have to take a new test in each state in which they work. California has the highest standard.
States will accept test scores from any state whose standard is higher than their own.

In Canada, I would say, “Someone with a law degree.”

There’s some variation on this point in usage. In previous discussions on this Board, some American posters have stated that “lawyer” in US usage can mean one trained in the law but not necessarily called to the Bar, and that “attorney” is reserved for someone who is actually called to the Bar.

That’s not the usage I’m familiar with. In Canada, “lawyer” is reserved for someone who is called to the Bar. If you have a law degree but aren’t called, you’re not a lawyer, and in fact using the term without being called is illegal. See for example The Legal Profession Act of Saskatchewan;

My mother was an RN while her sister was an LPN. My mother had quite a bit more professional training. The big difference I can remember is that my mother administered drugs, gave injections and started IV drips on her own (that is, with doctor’s orders, of course) while my aunt could only do those things under supervision. Also, my mother was allowed to administer controlled substances and my aunt wasn’t, even under supervision.

Flo was fiercely opposed to the Registration of nurses.

That’s surprising, and definitely not the case in my jurisdiction. If you call yourself a lawyer here, you’d better have a bar card or you’re committing a crime.

It surprised me too, but that’s my recollection of the conversation.