Practice Guideline: Virtual Healthcare; plus Self-Employed Practice Guidance

Among the many changes to healthcare due to the COVID-19 pandemic is the accelerated adoption of modern communication technologies. The Alberta government announced that virtual doctor’s appointments would become a permanent care option and Alberta Health Services began using Zoom video conferencing as a alternative to in-person appointments.

Through virtual healthcare, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) can provide nursing services to patients through technology, including videoconference, telephone, email, or texting.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) produced a Practice Guideline on Virtual Healthcare to support informed practice. LPNs can find guidance on professional and legal expectations while providing nursing services through technology. The guideline may be especially valuable to those in self-employed practice.

The CLPNA’s Practice Guidelines are evidence-informed documents designed to assist membership with making decisions about appropriate nursing practice, professional judgment, and flexibility.

Updated Self-Employed Practice Guideline

The newly updated Practice Guideline on Self-Employed Practice assists LPNs who engage in or who are considering self-employed LPN practice.

It includes info on risk management, liability, conflicts of interest, professional boundaries, information management, technology and social media, work environment, and infection prevention and control.

This document replaces the Practice Guideline on Independent Practice.

Questions? Contact the CLPNA’s Professional Practice Team at Ask CLPNApractice@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).