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Standards of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses on Boundary Violations

Document Type: Standards
Last Updated: May 31, 2023
Approver: Council


Under the Health Professions Act (HPA), there are two situations that would require the permanent cancellation of the health professional’s registration and practice permit. These situations are proven allegations of sexual abuse, and the procurement or performance of female genital mutilation (FGM). These standards of practice define who is a patient for the purposes of the sexual abuse and sexual misconduct provisions of the HPA. A patient’s agreement to engage in sexual relations is never considered “consent” in the context of the LPN-patient relationship. The LPN is in a position of power and trust; therefore, a consensual sexual relationship with a patient is never possible. Even if the patient agrees to sexual relations with the LPN, this conduct is considered sexual abuse under the HPA.

Last Revision Date

May 31, 2023