Standards, Codes, and Policies

There are a number of documents that guide, define, and support the legal and professional expectations of Licensed Practical Nurse practice.

For information about the legislation and regulations that govern the CLPNA’s operations, including our Bylaws, see: Council and Governance

Standards & Code

The CLPNA adopted the Canadian Council of Practical Nurse Regulator’s (CCPNR) Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics as the documents required under the Health Professions Act.

The Standards of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses in Canada provide a national framework for LPN practice. The Standards of Practice define the legal and professional expectations of LPN practice.

The Code of Ethics articulates the values of the LPN profession and the responsibilities that LPNs uphold and promote, and to which they are accountable.

Registrant Policies

The CLPNA develops registrant policies, which are clear and concise statements outlining requirements and expected behaviours of LPNs registered with the CLPNA. A policy may address regulatory functions mentioned in the HPA or practice expectations.

Practice Guidelines, Interpretive Documents, and Info Sheets

The CLPNA develops practice guidelines, interpretive documents, and info sheets to support LPNs in understanding professional expectations.

A practice guideline is an evidence-informed document designed to assist registrants and external stakeholders with making decisions about appropriate practice. These documents support professional judgement and permit flexibility in practice.

An interpretive document provides clarification of legislation that affects practical nursing and how to practice in compliance with the law.

An info sheet informs registrants and external stakeholders on relevant nursing topics or the CLPNA’s processes.