What's the diff between an RN1 and an RN2?

  1. Umm..that *was* my question, so I have nothing else to say here.

    I've decided, for lack of further inquiry, to tell you all that my neighbor continues to blast Journey's 'Open Arms' at eardrum-bleeding decibels (don't know how to spell that, but who cares at this point?) and I am wondering if,

    A) He's weeping on his living room floor and feeling lonely and pathetic, or

    B) He's about to have his door kicked in by a very tired nurse armed with Spray Cheez and a Clorox Ready-Mop.

    Now, back to the original question. What's the difference?
  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   RNonsense
    In Canada, 1 is a staff nurse. 2 would be semi-management...
    Dunno the answer to your original question.

    But the neighbor definately sounds pathetic.
  5. by   WalMart_ADN
    here a level one is an RN with less than 6 months experiance, and a level 2 is an RN with more than 6 months experiance and has the ability to be charge nurse. Just got promoted to level 2....woot?

    and you neighbor better watch out, nothing worse than a tired nurse with spray cheez

    (and were you going to clean up the spray cheez with the mop?)
  6. by   emily_mom
    Um, is this a word problem? I guess 1 (RN2 - RN1 = 1 as the RNs cross each other off).

    Do I get a prize? How about some Cheez Spray? Yum...starving here.
  7. by   Tweety
    RN 1 new grad, six months of "orientation and preceptorship" (I quote that because they are really staff nurses taking full assignments when they are ready)

    RN 2 staff nurse, may do relief charge

    RN 3 full-time charge nurse, does evals, write-ups ect. (that's me!), BSN or Certification required

    RN 4 a position they eliminated about five years ago but are thinking of bringing back, it's an Assistant Manager, BSN required
  8. by   llg
    It depends on where you work. Some hospitals have "clinical ladders" that give slightly different titles to nurses with different levels of education, experience, and job responsibilities. If a hospital has such a system, it decides for itself what the different categories are.

    You have to ask the individual hospital in question. Four different hospitals might define their categories 4 different ways.

  9. by   adrienurse
    Depends on where you work and what your union contract says. Personally, I am an RNII (general duty). I don't know what the heck RNI is (I think it's obsolete), RNIII is someone with specialized training or a special designation, RNIV are the shift Supervisors and RNVs are the CNSs.
  10. by   baseline
    Where I work it is part of the clinical ladder.
    Clinical I would be new grad or nurse with limited experience.
    Clinical II would be an experienced nurse without critical care exp.
    Clinical III has critical care exp.
    Clinical IV is a manager, supervisor or an educator
  11. by   NICU_Nurse
    Well, thankyverrmuch. I am wondering (and yes, I'm off for the weekend, so rather than asking people at work, I took the lazy route...) if one has to apply for it, or if it's just automatic...? Just wondering what the general idea is, but obviously it's different everywhere. I have now been working over a year, and have critical care experience, but as far as I know I am still an RN1. I've been looking at job ads, and most of them mention positions for RN2's, and I was just a little confused as how one becomes an RN2 and what 'special' duties were involved. I do know at my facility, an RN3 position has to be applied for and includes precepting new hires, and presenting inservice topics for the unit so many times a year, as well as chart auditing, etc. However, I've heard nothing about RN2's and did attempt to ask a couple of people who had no idea. ;>)