Areas of LPN practice are changing with the amendments to the Licensed Practical Nurses Profession Regulation coming into effect on February 1, 2020.
The amended LPN Regulation clarifies LPN scope of practice specific for restricted activities, advanced authorizations, and areas of advanced practice.
UPCOMING NEW POLICY DOCUMENTS
In support of the changes in February, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) will release new standards of practice, the 5th edition of the LPN Competency Profile, and related policy documents. These include:
- Standards of Practice on Restricted Activities and Advanced Practice
- Defines the practice standards for all restricted activities and areas of advanced practice in Alberta.
- Policy on Practice and Education Requirements for Restricted Activities and Advanced Practice
- Defines the education, practice, and any supervision requirements for LPNs to perform the restricted activities and areas of advanced practice in Alberta.
- Competency Profile for LPNs, 5th Edition
- Outlines the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviours, and judgment required of the LPN profession in Alberta.
With the scope of practice changes in restricted activities, Alberta’s LPNs are responsible for assessing their individual knowledge and competence in these areas of practice. LPNs may identify and require additional education if a knowledge gap exists or if specific education is needed for authorization to practice.
To support LPNs in their continuing education and professional development, the CLPNA will be releasing a series of self-study courses at no cost to CLPNA members. These learning modules will be available in February 2020.
Module topic areas include:
- Understanding restricted activities
- Administration of blood and blood products via transfusion
- Medication administration via central lines (central venous catheters, peripherally inserted central catheters, and intravenous access devices)
- Parenteral nutrition
- Electronic fetal heart rate monitoring
- Non-ionizing radiation in ultrasound imaging
- Ear syringing
- Administration of diagnostic imaging contrast agents
- Administration of nitrous oxide
- Dispensing medications (pass and to-go medications)
For More Info
Information on the upcoming policy documents, how to access new learning modules, and other changes resulting from the LPN Regulation amendments will be available on the CLPNA’s website (www.clpna.com) in the coming weeks, or by signing up for direct emails.