COVID-19: Update from the SALPN Council
The SALPN Council is responsible for protecting the Saskatchewan public through the regulation of the Licensed Practical Nurse profession. Due to the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the public interest, the Council has made the important decision to consider issuing Practicing licensure on an emergent basis, at no cost.
Would you consider stepping up to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic or thought about how you could help?
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic planning, the SALPN is considering applications for registration and licensure on an emergent basis. The SALPN would like to work with applicants to expedite the application process for a return or re-entry to practice during the pandemic, should they desire to do so. Non-Practicing members already meet the SALPN’s practicing licensure requirements, so applications for those status changes are generally straightforward. Applicants who were previously members of the SALPN (inactive) or those who are registered/licensed in another Canadian province will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The SALPN’s emergency registration and licensure will be issued on a temporary basis and will be effective for a limited time of up to 90 days.
Things to consider before returning to practice
- Age-related risks: are you over the age of 65? If so, you are at a higher risk for a more severe form of the disease.
- Do you have a chronic illness or immunocompromised? If so, you are at a higher risk for a more severe form of the disease.
- Are you currently receiving Employment Benefits? If so, please connect with Service Canada for information at; https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/portfolio/service-canada.html
- Are you currently on a leave (ex: maternity, paternity, education, disability) with a planned return to work occurring soon? If your leave is ending in the next few months and you already have an anticipated return to practice as an LPN, you may not be eligible for emergency registration and licensure. Please email email@example.com if you have questions.
- Are you willing to allow the SALPN to share your contact and previous LPN work experience with the Ministry of Health, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, or other employers? The SALPN may be asked to provide lists of who is licensed on an emergency basis and is able to assist during the pandemic. This information will help those parties to assess who is available to practice and in what areas of practice they may be best suited for, depending on need. This will be a requirement to obtain emergency licensure.
If you are interested in applying for emergency registration and licensure during the COVID-19 pandemic, please go to the following link and submit your application for the SALPN’s review;
Thank you for your consideration.