Updated Policy: Professional Responsibility and Accountability

Professionalism in nursing practice ensures the consistent provision of safe, ethical, and competent care by Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to their patients.

The updated Policy: Professional Responsibility and Accountability discusses key professional responsibilities that LPNs are accountable for. Some key professional responsibilities and accountabilities discussed in this document clarify expectations related to:

  • fitness to practice,
  • professional development,
  • abandonment of care,
  • professional boundaries,
  • and the duty to report.

LPNs are responsible and accountable for their own nursing decisions, actions, and professional conduct. As professionals, LPNs are expected to:

  • provide safe, competent, and ethical care to their patients;
  • follow the professional responsibility and accountability expectations set out in legislation,
  • maintain the standards, policies, guidelines, and continuing competence required by their regulatory college (CLPNA); and
  • work within the role, expectations, policies, and procedures of their employer.

LPNs practicing outside the professional responsibilities and accountabilities set out in this policy may be considered for unprofessional conduct. Patient safety is a shared responsibility underpinned by these professional expectations.


For more information, please contact:

Email the CLPNA’s Professional Practice Department

Ask CLPNA or call 1-800-661-5877 (toll-free in Alberta), or 780-484-8886.