Standards of Practice are authoritative statements that define the legal and professional expectations of the LPNs practice. In conjunction with the Code of Ethics, they describe the elements of quality LPN practice and facilitate mobility through inter-jurisdictional mutual understanding and agreement of expectations and requirements for practice. This document also serves as a guide for curriculum development and for public and employer awareness of the practice expectations of the LPN.
Recognizing the need to update its 2013 Standards of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) tasked its Inquiry and Discipline and Practice Consultants ad-hoc groups to update the 2013 standards.
The updated Standards of Practice were validated by the LPN community and key stakeholder groups in the Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. They were approved for adoption by the Boards of the respective regulatory authorities.
The SALPN has adopted the 2020 Standards of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses which came into effect on August 13, 2021.
All LPNs should review this document and take time to assess their practice against expectations. The Standards of Practice is one document that is used when assessing competence and conduct.