The 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.
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”.
Questions? Contact CLPNA’s Practice Consultants at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-484-8886.