Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is an integral part of nursing practice to protect both patients and nurses from the spread of disease. All nursing professions in Alberta have consistent IPC expectations to ensure the safety of the public. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are responsible for adhering to IPC recommendations from their employers and regulatory college.
The Practice Guideline on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) developed by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) describes how LPNs can meet these expectations. The guideline discusses infection prevention and control interventions, types of chains of transmissions, and provides IPC strategies organized into these five categories:
- Professional Responsibility and Accountability
- Evidence-Informed IPC Practice
- Ethical Practice
- Collaborative Practice
- Reflective Practice
LPNs are required to adhere to IPC legislation, regulation, and the CLPNA’s standards of practice.