Revisions reflecting the recent regulation update can be found in the newly released 5th Edition of the Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses in Alberta. The Competency Profile contains some changes in language and the relocation of several competency areas to align with the amended LPN Profession Regulation that came into effect on February 1, 2020.
The Competency Profile outlines the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and judgment required of the LPN profession in Alberta. The document outlines LPN scope of practice and is foundational to College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s Continuing Competence Program, and practical nurse curriculum development.
FROM “SPECIALTY” TO “ADVANCED PRACTICE”
With the recent changes to the LPN Profession Regulation, Advanced Foot Care, Perioperative Nursing, and Advanced Orthopedic Nursing are no longer referred to as areas of “specialty” practice but are now considered to be “Advanced Practice”. This change has resulted in the relocation of competencies related to these three areas of practice into the following Major Competency sections:
- Advanced Practice Foot Care under Major Competency E: Nursing Practice
- Advanced Practice Orthopedic Nursing under Major Competency H: Orthopedic Nursing
- Advanced Practice Perioperative Nursing under Major Competency K: Surgical
The Standards of Practice on Restricted Activities and Advanced Practice outlines the requirements for LPNs performing restricted activities in areas of advanced practice.
The Policy on Practice and Education Requirements for Restricted Activities and Advanced Practice further details practice and education requirements laid out in the Standards of Practice on Restricted Activities and Advanced Practice.
The LPN Practice Decision-Making Tool provides step-by-step guidance to determine if an area of practice or specific competency is appropriate for an LPN in Alberta.
Hemodialysis is an area of practice requiring advanced authorization and completion of approved education. The related competencies are now located in the following Major Competency section: V: Infusion Therapy.
LPN scope of practice related to immunization, the administration of vaccines and biologic products for the purpose of providing immunizations, is now considered an entry-level practice requirement.
Alberta LPNs who graduate before June 2022 and have not had previous education and training related to immunizations are required to undertake additional learning prior to providing immunizations. The CLPNA’s self-study Immunization Module will be available soon at myCLPNA.com.
Those LPNs who have previous authorization by CLPNA to provide immunizations may continue to practice in this area.
Immunization competencies are now located under Major Competency section: U: Medication Administration of the 5th Edition Competency Profile.