Policy on Professional Responsibility and Accountability defines expectations


Professionalism in nursing practice ensures the consistent provision of safe, ethical and competent care by Licensed Practical Nurses to their clients.

The updated Practice Policy: Professional Responsibility and Accountability discusses key professional responsibilities of LPNs to clarify expectations of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta related to:

  • abandonment of care,
  • fitness to practice,
  • professional boundaries,
  • professional development,
  • and the duty to report.

DOWNLOAD Practice Policy: Professional Responsibility and Accountability

Being a member of a self-regulated profession is a privilege and this privilege comes with professional obligations. The duty to provide quality care is fundamental to professional nursing practice. As professionals, LPNs are expected to:

  • provide safe, competent and ethical care to their clients;
  • maintain the standards, guidelines and continuing competence required by their regulatory college (CLPNA); and
  • work within the role, expectations, policies and procedures of their employer.

The Practice Policy was approved by CLPNA’s Council in December 2017. It replaces an outdated document, Practice Statement #1 Professional Responsibility and Accountability. A related document, Practice Statement #4 Actively Engaged, was also removed from CLPNA’s roster of active practice policies.

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Questions? Ask CLPNA or contact our Practice Consultants at practice@clpna.com, 780-484-8886, 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).