A document which broadly defines the scope of practice of LPNs in Alberta has been updated for format and content re-organization, increasing ease of use.
The 4th Edition of the Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses was released September 16, 2019 by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA). The condensed Profile replaces the 3rd Edition released in 2015.
For many LPNs, the first opportunity to reference the new Profile will be while developing a Learning Plan for their 2020 Registration Renewal application starting October 1. The document is “a foundation for the (CLPNA’s) Continuing Competence Program providing a reference for assessment of individual (LPN) competence.”
The Profile also guides Practical Nurse curriculum development, and supports employers to understand full scope of practice for determining LPN practice in their care settings.
While the 4th Edition does not reflect any changes to current LPN scope of practice, the CLPNA will revise the document to reflect any future changes to LPN scope of practice as they occur.
Among its many responsibilities under the Health Professions Act and LPN Profession Regulation, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta establishes education standards, entry-to-practice requirements, and continuing competence expectations. The 4th Edition aligns with the Entry-Level Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses released by the Canadian Council of Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) in August 2019.
- Competencies related to Critical Thinking and Critical Inquiry; Clinical Judgement and Decision Making; Time Management; and Health Teaching and Coaching; have been removed from each individual section of the document and moved to the Major Competency A: Nursing Knowledge indicating that these principles and competencies of LPN practice are an expectation within all settings of health care delivery across the continuum of care.
- Under many of the Major Competency sections within the Profile, the Competency subsections have been combined into a broader category entitled Nursing and Interventions avoiding duplication of concepts, and to condense the document.
- An additional competency (A-2-4) related to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has been added.
- Within the document:
- [:] means “such as” and is not a conclusive list of competency indicators
- Use of the Table of Contents and “Ctrl-F” (or Find) can be used to find key words in order to locate related competencies.