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 allow Practicing licensure to Non-Practicing members 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?
You have been identified as a current Non-Practicing SALPN member. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic planning, the SALPN is reaching out to all Non-Practicing members to gather interest in their potential return to LPN practice. The SALPN would like to work with Non-Practicing members to expedite their return to practice and assist during the pandemic, should they desire to do so. Since Non-Practicing members already meet the SALPN’s practicing licensure requirements, the status change will be straightforward, offered on an emergent temporary basis and will be effective for a limited time of 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 an emergency Practicing license. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
- Are you willing to allow the SALPN to share your contact and previous LPN work experience with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (or other employers)? The SALPN intends to provide the SHA with a list of who is licensed on an emergency basis to assist during the pandemic and this information will help them assess who is available and 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 returning to practice to help during the pandemic, please go to the following link and submit your application for the SALPN’s review; https://salpn.com/emergency-status-change/
Thank you for your consideration.