Many ways exist for you to become a nurse. 1st, you have to decide if you want to be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse (RN). Often, many individuals do not know the difference between these positions. Registered Nurses go to school longer and have more theory and classrooom teaching than LPNs. Today, you will find more LPNs in doctor’s office setting and in long-term care settings such as nursing homes, and RNs other places such as the hospitals, surgical centers, performing as nurse practitioners (with even more education).