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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.