Updated Documents Help LPNs Navigate Privacy and Confidentiality Obligations and their Duty to Report

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) has updated three documents: the Confidentiality Guideline, Privacy Legislation in Alberta Interpretive Document, and Duty to Report Interpretive Document.

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) have a professional and ethical responsibility to practice within the relevant laws governing privacy and confidentiality of patient information. This means all LPNs have the duty to safeguard a patient’s personal and health information as well as respect a patient’s right to privacy. A breach in privacy or confidentiality can be considered a legal offence and unprofessional conduct.

However, as healthcare providers, LPNs have legal, professional, and ethical obligations to report certain information to the appropriate authority. This duty to disclose health information in certain situations must be balanced against the responsibility to safeguard patient information. The LPN may not be the designated responsible healthcare provider to make the report but should be aware of potential circumstances where they have a duty to report as part of the healthcare team.

The CLPNA has developed three documents to help LPNs navigate between these obligations.

The Confidentiality Guideline outlines several key considerations to help LPNs uphold privacy and confidentiality in their practice.

The Privacy Legislation in Alberta Interpretive Document describes three pieces of privacy legislation around the collection, use, and disclosure of information. It also guides LPNs on how they can determine which privacy law applies to them.

The Duty to Report Interpretive Document outlines several key areas when LPNs have an obligation to report otherwise confidential information to an appropriate authority.


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.

3 Responses to “Updated Documents Help LPNs Navigate Privacy and Confidentiality Obligations and their Duty to Report”

  1. Thanks for providing information and this is a very important in my nursing career.