(Updated June 21, 2013): In a major step designed to increase harmonization for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) profession in Canada, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) adopted four new inter-jurisdictional nursing practice and policy documents to supersede or work in conjunction with their provincial equivalents on June 3.
Result of two-year project
The new Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, Entry to Practice Competency Statement, and Requisite Skills and Abilities are the result of a significant two-year Inter-Jurisdictional LPN Project (IJLPN) by the Canadian Council of Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR). It’s expected that most LPN regulatory organizations in Canada will also adopt the new policy documents.
For Alberta’s LPNs, practical nurse educators, employers and stakeholders, the new documents provide overall guidelines and describe the required level of performance against which actual practice can be measured.
“It’s the responsibility of individual LPNs to understand the new Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics,” says Linda Stanger, CLPNA Executive Director, “as they will be held accountable to it.”
Definitions and Code of Ethics Learning Module
On June 3, the CCPNR’s “Standards of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses in Canada” and “Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses in Canada” replaced the CLPNA’s Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics. The Standards “define the legal and professional expectations of practical nurse practice” and the Code “articulates the ethical values and responsibilities LPNs uphold and promote”. A new online interactive learning tool on ethics is also available.
[For further study: LPN Code of Ethics Learning Module]
The CCPNR’S “Entry to Practice Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses” outlines the knowledge, skills, judgments and personal attributes required upon entry into the LPN profession, and guides practical nurse education programs. It will be used in addition to the CLPNA’s current guiding document, “Competency Profile for LPNs – 2nd Edition”.
The final document, “Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada: Requisite Skills and Abilities”, identifies the essential requirements necessary for an individual to meet the demands of a career as a LPN in Canada. It has no Alberta equivalent. The documents are available at www.clpna.com.
The CCPNR is a federation of Canadian practical nurse regulatory organizations. The CLPNA co-chairs and is the fund-holder for the IJLPN project which was funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.