(UPDATED March 30, 2020) This article was originally published on Feb. 28, 2020.
The CLPNA is working closely with Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services, as well as with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, the Alberta College of Pharmacy and the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, to provide the latest information to our respective professions.
COVID-19 FAQ’s for LPNs
For LPN’s frequently asked questions, please see the Info Sheet: COVID-19 FAQ.
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NEW! Common Questions: LPN Practice during COVID-19
Alberta’s LPNs are an integral part of the COVID-19 pandemic response and must be informed about how the pandemic might impact their practice. The following info sheet answers questions related to LPN’s scope of practice and responsibility during a pandemic.
The CLPNA appreciates that LPNs are committed to practicing in a manner that ensures public safety and quality of care.
Complying with Alberta Health’s Guidelines
The CLPNA reminds LPNs that compliance with Alberta Health’s COVID-19 guidelines, such as self-quarantining and following appropriate infection prevention and control, is part of their professional practice. Unprofessional conduct may result in a formal complaint to the CLPNA resulting in professional discipline.
Additionally, LPNs have a professional obligation and duty to report unsafe practice or other unprofessional conduct in accordance with the Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, the Health Professions Act, and other relevant legislation. This includes reporting to the appropriate authority such as the employer, regulatory body, or external authority if unethical or incompetent care by another care provider is suspected to ensure client safety and quality of care.
Guidance on Emergencies, Pandemic
The CLPNA has two existing documents that will inform LPNs on related issues:
Please see the February 27, 2020, letter from Alberta Health to all regulated health professions in Alberta, including the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. The content of this letter was up-to-date when released.