— May 2017 | Vol. 4 Issue #5 —

Administering naloxone in non-hospital settings

In April 2016, BC’s Provincial Health Officer declared a public health emergency in response to the opioid overdose crisis.

The CLPNBC Board has worked to decrease barriers that prevent LPNs from administering naloxone when required. The limits and conditions around administering naloxone in non-hospital settings (e.g., a clinic, street nursing) have been removed effective April 7, 2017. LPNs are required to meet CLPNBC’s Standards for Acting Without an Order before administering naloxone in a non-hospital setting.

Check with your employer to see if education and decision supports tools are in place to support administration of naloxone by health care providers in non-hospital settings.

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Now available

The 2016 Annual Report is now available on our website. We encourage you to review the report and learn about CLPNBC’s work in 2016.

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Jurisprudence 2017

Over 4100 LPNs are writing the Jurisprudence exam in 2017 - are you one of them? Find out by logging in to your CLPNBC account here.

Advice from your LPN colleagues:

  • Make sure you do the exam in a quiet space so you are not distracted.
  • Use the resource links!
  • Do a few questions at a time.
  • Don’t rush to get it all done at once!

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Did You Know?
Administering Naloxone

Nina, an LPN, works in a community-based primary health care clinic on Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Her client, Sam, has been found non-responsive in the clinic’s washroom. Nina knows Sam has a substance use disorder and suspects an opioid overdose. She knows LPNs working in non-hospital settings can administer naloxone without an order.

what will Nina do next?

photo courtesy of Toward the Heart - BC Centre for Disease Control

Practice Resources

Do you want more information about being a self-employed LPN, participating in medical assistance in dying or working in complementary and alternative health? We have quizzes, videos and other resources for you designed to help you understand and apply the Standards of Practice.

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Opportunity for LPNs

Are you looking for a professionally enriching volunteer opportunity? The Registration, Quality Assurance and Inquiry Committees are looking for LPNs. Find out more about what these committees do, and if they would be a good fit for you.

Did you know? Committee members are reimbursed for out of pocket expenses and provided an honorarium for their time.

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CLPNBC Annual General Meeting

CLPNBC’s annual general meeting is on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 9:00 to 10:00 am. If you are interested in attending, pre-register now.

Resolution update: CLPNBC did not receive any resolutions by the April 17 deadline.

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