For Alberta’s LPNs, there are scope of practice changes in restricted activities starting in February 2020 due to the amended LPN Profession Regulation. LPNs are responsible for assessing their individual knowledge and competence in these areas before practicing.
To support this transition, the CLPNA has released the final set of optional, online, self-study education modules at no cost to CLPNA members.
In addition to these optional modules, there are also required modules for LPN advanced authorization to perform administration of medications via a central line and parenteral nutrition, as well as a mandatory module to understand restricted activities (see below).
All Study with CLPNA modules can be accessed through myCLPNA.com:
NEW OPTIONAL SELF-STUDY MODULES
Except for ‘Understanding Restricted Activities’ (below), these CLPNA modules are optional and intended to build competence in restricted activities:
- NEW! Administering Diagnostic Imaging Contrast Agents
- Indications, contraindications, procedural steps, and potential adverse effects.
- NEW! Fetal Heart Monitoring
- Intermittent auscultation (IA) and electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) using non-ionizing radiation (Doppler ultrasound). Role, process, indications, and standards of practice.
- NEW! Immunization
- Indications, contraindications, procedural steps, and potential adverse effects. Common immunizing and biological products and vaccine viability. Understanding national and provincial guidelines with the CLPNA’s standards.
- NEW! Non-Ionizing Radiation
- Using ultrasound technology. Indications, contraindications, potential risks, procedural steps, and documentation requirements.
- Administering Blood and Blood Products: Transfusion
- Components of blood and blood products, related laboratory values, and the equipment required. Ethical and cultural aspects and potential reactions.
- Administration of Nitrous Oxide
- Respiratory system anatomy and physiology, pharmacology principles, safe medication administration, contraindications, and procedural guidelines.
- Dispensing of Medications
- Safe practice and procedural requirements for pass or bridge medications for discharged patients, and standards of practice.
- Ear Syringing
- Safe practice, procedural, and supervision requirements, and standards of practice.
In case you missed it, the following modules are required for LPN advanced authorization to perform these activities starting Feb. 1, 2020:
- Administering Medications via Central Venous Catheter, Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter, and Implanted Venous Access Device
- Anatomy and physiology, administering fluids and medications, assessment and nursing care. Use of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA), indications, contraindications, and nursing interventions. Plus, reporting and documentation.
- Administering Parenteral Nutrition
- Anatomy and physiology of the digestive tract, principles of infusion therapy, indications and contraindications of parenteral nutrition, and monitoring requirements.
A reminder that LPNs practicing outside of the LPN Regulation or the Standards of Practice on Restricted Activities and Advanced Practice could result in a finding of unprofessional conduct, discipline, fines, and may not be covered by malpractice insurance.
MANDATORY SELF-STUDY MODULE
- Understanding Restricted Activities
By June 2022, all CLPNA members must complete the Understanding Restricted Activities module as per the Standards of Practice on Restricted Activities and Advanced Practice.
For questions related to the LPN Profession Regulation and resulting changes to LPN practice, please contact the CLPNA’s Professional Practice Team at Ask CLPNA, firstname.lastname@example.org, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll-free in Alberta).