Regulation change for Licensed Practical Nurses enhances continuity of care for Albertans

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Today, the Government of Alberta announced a comprehensive amendment to the Licensed Practical Nurses Profession Regulation. This opens up new possibilities for a broader range of nursing services by Licensed Practical Nurses enhancing continuity of care for Albertans.

“These amendments support over 16,000 nurses to better assist a rapidly evolving healthcare system well into the future,” enthuses chief executive officer, Linda Stanger, of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA). “Through optimization, more efficiency is possible.”

The changes include authorization and increased clarity around the administration of blood or blood products; dispensing certain drugs based on a prescriber’s instructions; providing ultrasound for bedside nursing assessments; administering intravenous nutrition; and administering medication by an invasive procedure, such as a central venous line.

The amended regulations come into force on February 1, 2020.

“The LPN profession is dramatically different today than it was 17 years ago when the regulation was first proclaimed under the Health Professions Act. LPN education has expanded significantly since then. These amendments reflect the current reality in healthcare and the future needs of Albertans,” explains Valerie Paice, an LPN and the CLPNA’s president.

A strategy addressing the impact to educational programs, registration requirements, and nursing practice is under development. The CLPNA will develop new standards of practice, an updated competency profile, and supporting documents to assist nurses, employers, educational institutions and affiliated health professions through the transition.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta is the regulatory organization for the province’s over 16,000 Licensed Practical Nurses.

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Media Contact: Carolyn Black, Communications Consultant, 780-484-6811, cblack@clpna.com.

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Minister of Health Tyler Shandro surrounded by licensed practical nurses and the Council and staff of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta celebrating approval of new regulations, October 17, 2019. (Photo by Leroy Schulz, www.leroyschulz.com)

 

 

 

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Thank you for your comments. The CLPNA is currently working on a transition plan for implementation. Further communication regarding the plan will be shared with LPNs as soon as it is available.

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