The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) would like to thank Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) for working to keep Albertans safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the regulatory authority for LPNs, the CLPNA has a responsibility to the public to ensure safe, competent, and ethical nursing practice, and as such, would like to address an arising issue.
Currently, there is an over-abundance of information about COVID-19 and the World Health Organization (WHO) has dubbed this an infodemic. An infodemic:
makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it. It poses a serious problem for public health since people need this guidance to know what actions to take to protect themselves and others and helps mitigate the impact of a disease. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the infodemic is exacerbated by the global scale of the emergency and propagated by the interconnected way that information is disseminated and consumed through social media platforms and other channels. (SOURCE)
The CLPNA understands, in a time with multiple social media platforms, that figuring out what to post or engage with on social media may be difficult. Not all sources of information are reliable, and it is important to evaluate the source of the information.
When faced with information from various channels, the CLPNA encourages LPNs to continue to refer to trustworthy sources and only share information about COVID-19 on social media after careful consideration of any potential negative consequences.
The following are a few trustworthy resources that are up-to-date and evidence-informed.
- COVID-19 info for Albertans – Government of Alberta
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Government of Canada
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic – World Health Organization
CLPNA’s Guiding Documents
- Social Media: e-Professionalism for Nurses
- Info Sheet: Common Questions on LPN Practice during COVID-19
- Alberta Health updates for Regulated Health Professionals on COVID-19
- Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses in Canada
LPNs play a critical role in promoting safety and providing education about infectious diseases, including COVID-19. As professionals with a code of ethics and standards of practice, all LPNs should understand their professional and ethical obligation to protect the public by sharing only information related to infectious disease management that is validated by science-based evidence.