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Competency Profile for LPNs

Competency Profile for LPNs, 3rd Edition (2015)

In the decade since the release of the 2nd Edition of the Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses in 2005, there has been considerable change and advancement to LPN scope of practice within the province. The 3rd edition reflects LPN education, role and scope of practice occurring in 2015. The updated Profile marks a clear maturing of the profession of the Licensed Practical Nurse and will guide the profession well in the coming years.

The Competency Profile for LPNs, 3rd Edition (2015) (updated July 25, 2017), includes the knowledge, skills, behaviors, judgments and attitudes required by a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Alberta as outlined in the Health Professions Act LPN Regulation 2003, and the Standards of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses in Canada (2013).

The Profile broadly defines the scope of practice of LPNs in Alberta and provides a foundation for CLPNA’s Continuing Competency Program (CCP) by providing a reference for LPN ongoing assessment of individual competence.

The Profile:

  • identifies base competencies of a typical entry to practice LPN
  • serves as a tool for LPNs interested in changing or advancing their area of practice or scope of practice
  • provides direction to Practical Nurse Educators regarding essential curriculum components
  • guides employers in understanding full scope of practice for role optimization of LPNs across all care settings
  • provides a benchmark for performance management and review

The Profile is not intended to:

  • be inclusive of all potential competencies required of LPNs. (Some competencies may have been inadvertently omitted.)
  • represent the competencies that all LPNs must achieve
  • specify obligations and/or requirements of LPNs for third party agencies or any other outside party
  • be permanent, but must be updated on a regular basis as requirements and technologies change

For more info, read the Introduction (page vii).

Questions?

For questions regarding LPN Competencies, Scope of Practice, Standards of Practice, Regulations, and/or clinical practice, contact CLPNA’s Practice Consultants at practice@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

For questions regarding the Continuing Competency Program or CCP Validation, contact CLPNA’s Professional Development Consultants at profdev@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

Competency Profile for LPNs, 3rd Edition (2015)

Full Profile

You may read or download the complete 274 page Competency Profile below by selecting the cover page or the link below, or scroll down to read or download individual Sections.

NOTE: Large download file (274 pages, 7MB). This document may take a few minutes to download. Thank you for your patience.

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Updates

The following updates have been made to the Competency Profile for LPNs, 3rd Edition (2015):

Questions? Contact CLPNA’s Practice Consultants at practice@clpna.com, 780-484-886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

Individual Sections by Competency Band

Introduction & Table of Contents
A Nursing Knowledge R Community Health
B Nursing Process S Oncology
C Safety T Occupational Health and Safety
D Communication and Interpersonal Skills U Medication Administration
E Nursing Practice* (updated January 31, 2017) V Infusion Therapy
F Respiratory Care W Professionalism
G Surgical X Leadership
H Orthopedics Y Orthopedic Specialty
I Neurological / Neurosurgical Z Perioperative Specialty
J Cardiovascular AA Dialysis Specialty
K Maternal / Newborn Care BB Independent Practice
L Pediatrics CC Advanced Foot Care
M Mental Health and Addiction DD Dermatology
N Emergency Care EE Educator
O Gerontology FF Ophthalmology
P Palliative Care GG Immunization Specialty
Q Rehabilitation

LPN Snapshot Brochure (with Competency Profile Outline)

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How to Download

Members: To download the following documents to your “LPN Key to Self-Regulation”:

  1. Insert your “LPN Key to Self-Regulation” USB flash drive into your computer
  2. Open one of the above documents
  3. Save the document to the “LPN Key to Self-Regulation”.

Order the Profile

Want a Profile to access anytime? The Profile is also available in the following versions:

  • Print (binder and non-binder)
  • USB flash drive

Receive the Profile & much more by submitting an Order Form.

For help, contact CLPNA at info@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

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FOR REFERENCE ONLY:

Competency Profile for LPNs, 2nd Edition (2005)

Below are links to the CLPNA’s previous Competency Profile for LPNs, 2nd Edition (2005) and its individual sections.

This document was replaced by the 3rd Edition on June 2, 2015.

Full Profile

Sections by Competency Band (2nd Ed.)

See the Introduction and Table of Contents for details regarding the contents of every section.

Introduction and Table of Contents

A Nursing Knowledge R Community Health
B Nursing Process S Clinic Based Nursing
C Safety T Occupation Health and Safety
D Communication and Interpersonal Skills U Medication Administration
E Nursing Practice V Infusion Therapy
F Respiratory Care W Professionalism
G Surgical Nursing X Licensed Practical Nurse Leadership Role
H Orthopedic Nursing Y Orthopedic Specialty
I Neurological / Neurovascular Nursing Z Perioperative Nursing Specialty
J Cardiovascular Nursing AA Dialysis Nursing Specialty
K Maternal / Newborn Care BB Additional Education in Neonatal Resuscitation
L Pediatrics CC Additional Education in Foot Care
M Mental Health Nursing DD Additional Education in Phlebotomy Techniques
N Emergency Nursing EE Licensed Practical Nurse Educator Role
O Gerontology Nursing FF Ophthalmic Nursing
P Palliative Care GG Immunization Specialty
Q Rehabilitation Nursing

Updates (2nd Ed.)