Clarity to Bladder Scanning Supervision

UPDATE (August 17, 2018): For current practice, see the following document

DOWNLOAD Fact Sheet: Bladder Scanning


Bladder UltrasoundThe College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) confirmed in a public letter to its members that doctors can supervise Licensed Practical Nurses performing bladder scanning.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) hopes the validation helps healthcare organizations to create appropriate authorization policies.

The supervision parameter is a temporary measure until new LPN regulations are approved in the next few years, states the CLPNA.

UPDATE (July 20, 2018): This document is no longer available:

READ – CPSA’s letter re: Supervision of Bladder Scanning

For many years, LPNs have been applying non-ionizing radiation in the form of ultrasound imaging for the purposes of bladder scanning as defined in the CLPNA Competency Profile for LPNs (2005, 2nd Ed.)

In August 2014, the CLPNA confirmed it considers this part of LPN scope of practice by releasing the Fact Sheet “Authorization for Bladder Scanning with Supervision”.

UPDATE (July 20, 2018): This document is no longer available:

READ – CLPNA’s Fact Sheet: Authorization for Bladder Scanning with Supervision

Questions? Contact CLPNA’s Practice Consultants at or 780-484-8886.