January 2016 Vol. 3 Issue #1
a new LPN Regulation - what does it mean to you?

On December 3, 2015, the government posted revised regulations for BC nurses! The new nursing regulations define and clarify the scopes of practice and restricted activities for LPNs, RNs and RPNs. See the joint announcement here.

Although the new LPN regulation has come into effect, the existing scope of practice for LPNs remains unchanged. There will be a transition period as we revise our scope of practice document. Over the coming weeks and months CLPNBC will work closely with nurses, employers and other stakeholders to ensure changes affecting LPN practice are clearly communicated.

We welcome your feedback. If you have questions or comments about the new regulation, please email scope@clpnbc.org.

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introducing our new health intervention program new resource - supporting LPNs to meet standards

The Early Intervention Program will provide LPNs with an opportunity to improve their health before it affects their ability to provide safe care and leads to an investigation into their practice. If you or one of your LPN colleagues has a health condition, find out how the program can support you, or your colleague. By taking care of yourselves first, you will be able to continue providing safe care to your clients.

The resource, Supporting LPNs to Meet CLPNBC Standards of Practice, describes how LPNs, managers, and clinical educators can use the standards of practice to support LPNs in any role and in any practice setting. It also includes information about practice consultations, duty to report requirements, working with limited resources and recognizing practice concerns.

learn more  > read the resource  >

You are an LPN who is feeling depressed. You don’t like being home alone so you continue working. You are having trouble concentrating, and you are irritable with colleagues. You use alcohol to help you sleep and have called in sick occasionally. What is your professional responsibility?


Select an option:

  1. To keep your health condition private and avoid any stigma around your illness, call in sick and avoid going to work until you feel better.
  2. Ask your manager to put you on light nursing duties and non-client-related tasks until you are better able to concentrate.
  3. Talk to your manager and remove yourself from nursing practice before your health condition negatively impacts your practice. Disclose your health condition to CLPNBC.
  4. Ignore the situation and hide your health condition. Go through the motions of your job, avoiding interactions with clients and their problems as much as you can.

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planning to work in 2016? updated fee schedule

Reinstatement is now open. For a stress-free process, make sure that you have all the requirements before you begin your application for the reinstatement of your registration.

On February 1, there will be some changes to our fees — for example, jurisprudence exams, application fees and reinstatement fees.

find out more   > view the changes   >


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