Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are professional nurses who work within their own scope of practice, standards or practice, and code of ethics. LPNs are one of three categories of professional nurses in Saskatchewan. There are apprximately 3,400 LPNs licensed to work in Saskatchewan.
LPNs study from the same body of nursing knowledge as Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) with a focus on foundational knowledge, critical thinking, and clinical judgment.
LPNs in Saskatchewan graduate with a two year diploma in practical nursing which provides 1,787 instructional hours, including 712 hours of theoretical instruction and over 1,075 hours of clinical / lab experience.
There are many roles within Saskatchewan for LPNs in areas such as: acute care, long term care, community programs, primary care clinics, education, occupational health and safety, public health, and leadership. Currently over 43% of LPNs in the province work in acute care, 40% work in long term care and nearly 10% are employed in community based care.
LPNs work collaborative with clients, their families, and remainder of the health care team to ensure continuity of care and quality health service delivery.
What is the SALPN?
SALPN ensures that Saskatchewan Licensed Practical Nurses serve society by providing professional nursing care.
The SALPN is mandated through the Licensed Practical Nurses Act 2000 to regulate the profession of Practical Nursing according to its Bylaws and Standards of Practice, in a manner that protects the public. In addition to overseeeing the registration standards and competencies of the profession, the SALPN is the counseling, disciplining and licensure body for Licensed Practical Nurses in our province.
Utilizing best practice approaches, the SALPN supports collaborative practice and patient-centered care The SALPN currently works with the Ministry of Health, the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA), the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS), other regulated health care providers, employers, members and unions to collectively work toward excellence in nursing care for the people of Saskatchewan.