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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Nine months to one year of education in a community college. Must always practice under the direction of a registered nurse or other licensed practitioner.

License Practical Nurse-Certified (LPN-C) - An LPN who has additional education and certification to provide limited services in intravenous therapy.

Registered Nurse (RN) - Two to four years of education at a college or university. Registered nurses may practice independently.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Clinical Nurse Specialist (APRN-CNS) - Beginning July 1, 2007, the Department will license CNSs. A CNS is a an RN who holds a master's or doctoral degree in a nursing clinical specialty area and no one may use the title CNS unless they meet the definition of CNS.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (APRN-CRNA) - An RN who has additional education and certification to work in the field of anesthesia.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Nurse Practitioner (APRN-NP) - An RN who has additional education and licensure to manage common health problems and chronic conditions including prescribing treatments and medications.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Certified Nurse Midwife (APRN-CNM) - An RN who has additional education and certification to attend cases of normal childbirth in hospitals and birthing centers, and provide normal obstetrical and gynecological services to women. CNMs may also prescribe treatments and medications.

Medication Aide - A Medication Aide may assist (1) competent individuals, (2) caretakers who are parents, foster parents, family, friends or legal guardians, and (3) licensed health care professionals to administer medications.

Nurse Aide - A Nurse Aide is an individual other than a licensed health care professional who is employed to perform nursing or nursing related services. 

Paid Dining Assistant - A Paid Dining Assistant is any person employed by a nursing home for the purpose of aiding a licensed registered or practical nurse through the feeding of residents other than a nursing assistant or a licensed registered or practical nurse.

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