— January 2017 | Vol. 4 Issue #1 —

NEW Practice Standard - Dispensing Medications

This new practice standard was developed because of changes in the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation and CLPNBC’s Scope of Practice for LPNs. It takes effect February 2017. Review the principles for dispensing medications and consider how you’ll apply them in your practice.

review the standard

Do you have INTERIM registration?

Make sure you know when your interim registration expires. All LPNs in BC are responsible for knowing their registration status before practising. This includes interim registrants. Your registration does not automatically transition to practising registration after you receive a successful CPNRE result. Be sure to check the Public Registry to ensure you are authorized to practise.

If you practise without registration, you are subject to a $200 Practising without Registration fee and may have your application referred to CLPNBC’s Registration Committee.

check your status

Potential risks & supports to LPN practice – a checklist

We all have personal risks and aspects of our practice environment that may hinder or help us in our role as LPNs. Are you wondering what risk factors may affect your ability to practise safely, competently and ethically? Complete this private and confidential checklist and reflect on your own practice.

start now

QUIZ: You are an LPN working in the emergency department of a small community hospital. One of your clients has been discharged with a prescription for antibiotics. The pharmacy is closed. The emergency department has a stock of this medication. What should you do?

  1. After ensuring pharmaceutical and therapeutic suitability, dispense the medication following employer policy.

  2. Do not dispense the medication because there is no pharmacist on site.

  3. Dispense the medication even though employer policy does not allow LPNs to dispense medications.

  4. Dispense the medication even though you are not familiar with its use.

Nursing Community Assessment Service is now open!

January 4, 2017 marks the launch of the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS), a new assessment service that evaluates the competence of internationally educated health practitioners (IEPs) applying to register in British Columbia.

read more

Video for the LPN Controls on Practice

What are LPNs allowed to do?

There are four levels of contol on LPN practice. The controls begin with the government regulation and end with an individual LPN’s competence.


watch this 2-minute video

College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC
260 - 3480 Gilmore Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 4Y1

CLPNBC is legally required to deliver notices about LPN practice and professional regulation to its registrants. LPN Connect is the main method of communication. If you are a retired LPN or non-registrant, you may unsubscribe by replying to this email.