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.
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 It replaces an outdated document, Practice Statement #1 Professional Responsibility and Accountability.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.