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As you look into different nursing schools, the various nursing credentials such as RN, LPN, BSN, MSN, DNP, and so forth may confuse you.  You may be wondering what these letters mean. 

Each abbreviation stands for a specific type of nurse and level of education. Licensure and certification are credentials that allow individuals to practice legally.  In order to obtain these credentials, nurses must complete the appropriate education.  Below are some explanations for licensure, certification, and education credentials. 

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