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LPN/RPN profile

In a major step designed to increase harmonization for the Licensed/Registered Practical Nurse (LPN/RPN) profession in Canada, the CCPNR released four inter-jurisdictional nursing practice and policy documents in 2013. The CCPNR anticipates most of their organization members have or will adopt these policy documents for their own jurisdictions.

  1. Code of Ethics – single code of ethics across member jurisdictions to articulate the ethical values and responsibilities that L/RPNs uphold and promote, and to which they are accountable.
  2. Standards of Practice – authoritative statements that define the legal and professional expectations of L/RPN practice. In conjunction with the Code of Ethics for L/RPNs, they describe the elements of quality L/RPN practice and facilitate mobility through inter-jurisdictional mutual understanding and agreement of expectations and requirements for practice.
  3. Requisite Skills and Abilities – for individuals to use to determine their ability to provide safe, competent and ethical nursing care, and meet the demands for a career as a L/RPN in Canada.
  4. Entry to Practice Competencies – describe the competencies expected of the entry-level L/RPN in Canada. The competencies describe the knowledge skill, judgment and attitude required of beginning practitioners to provide safe competent and ethical nursing care.

These documents serve as a guide for curriculum development and for public and employer awareness of the practice expectations of the entry-level LPN.