All SALPN staff are working from home. With some modifications to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements, the SALPN core functions continue to be accomplished.
- ‘LPN Search’ function on the website
- Acceptance of applications and issuing of licensure
- Response to practice-based inquiries
- Acceptance and investigation of complaints
- Continued monitoring of current discipline orders
- Pre-Authorized Payment Program
- Virtual statute committee meetings
The SALPN Annual General Meeting is postponed. The Ministry of Health, to whom SALPN is accountable, has indicated that regulators must focus efforts on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recommend the delay of Annual General Meetings until an appropriate time.
The SALPN Education Conference, normally held in conjunction with the AGM, is cancelled.
The SALPN is working closely with our partners at the Ministry of Health, regulator colleagues, Practical Nursing education programs, and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) to adequately prepare the health system and regulated health professionals for the coming days and weeks.
Employers may be required to redistribute current employees and seek others to join the workforce. It will be the responsibility of employers to arrange for the redistribution of health care workers based on the needs and risks of the environment. Regulators, at the request of the Ministry of Health and the SHA, may be required to accommodate the emergency licensure of professionals to support the needs of the health care system.
The SALPN Council has taken the following steps to offer temporary emergency licensure, if required:
- Non-Practicing LPNs are offered the opportunity to voluntarily change their status to Practicing, at no cost (more information is available below). The status change will make them available to employers during the response.
- Amendments to the Regulatory Bylaws to accommodate emergency licensure, if required, at no cost, were submitted to the Minister of Health for approval. If approved by the Minister, the SALPN have the authority to enact emergency licensure measures.
A phased approach to emergency licensure is in place if it is required. Please watch your inbox for information about emergency licensure.
The SALPN is currently working with the Practical Nurse education programs regarding the status of the programs in Saskatchewan. Ensuring students meet the entry-level competencies of the profession will serve as the foundation for decisions made as the situation evolves.