New Policies on LPN Specializations and Restricted Activities

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Restricted Activities can be a muddy, misunderstood topic. Two new related policies from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta should increase clarity on these high-risk nursing practices that require additional education, skills, and often supervision requirements.

Firstly, the Practice Policy: Specialized Practice Areas explains the additional requirements for Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses who want to practice in the five specialty areas: Immunization, Advanced Foot Care, Perioperative, Dialysis, and Advanced Orthopedic.

To practice in these specialty areas, authorization from the CLPNA’s Registrar is required. This authorization appears on an LPN’s practice permit.

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Secondly, the Practice Policy: Authorized Restricted Activities for Licensed Practical Nurses describes:

  • basic restricted activities (such as invasive procedures below the dermis & more)
  • specialized restricted activities (the five LPN Specializations)
  • supervision requirements
  • guidance for students and learners

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These policies replace the CLPNA’s Practice Statement #7 Specialized Practice and Practice Statement #11 Foot Care.

Questions? Contact the CLPNA’s Practice Department at practice@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

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2 Responses to “New Policies on LPN Specializations and Restricted Activities”

  1. From the info included looks like the LPN are now able to syringe ears again. The question regarding bladder scanning and fetal heart monitoring remains. Also removal of JP drains post op. Can you pls provide any information if these item will be in the LPN scope of practice?