Frequently Asked Questions

Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination

  • Q: Why did CLPNBC change to computer-based testing?

    A: Computer-based testing is a growing practice that is widely accepted for delivering registration exams. As well, this change allows us to offer the CPNRE® to exam writers more often and at more sites across Canada.

  • Q: Is the CPNRE® content in the computer-based test different from the paper-based test?

    A: No. There are 170-180 multiple-choice questions about the Entry-to-Practice Competencies, which is the same as the paper-based test.

  • Q: How many times can I take the exam?

    A: You have three chances to pass the CPNRE®. You must pass the exam within three years of applying for registration with CLPNBC.

  • Q: What happens if I do not pass the exam within three years of applying for registration with CLPNBC?

    A: You will be required to begin the application process again, and may require additional education or review by the Registration Committee.

  • Q: How often do you offer the CPNRE®?

    A: We will offer the CPNRE® during two windows:
    1. •  May 23 to June 19, 2016 (approximately 20 days)
    2. •  September 26 to October 23, 2016 (approximately 20 days)
    Dates for 2017 are not yet confirmed.

  • Q: Is preparing for computer-based testing different than preparing for paper-based testing?

    A: No. The only difference is that exam writers answer exam questions on a computer in a test centre rather than on a paper answer sheet.

  • Q: Is the computer-based exam more difficult than a paper-based exam?

    A: No. The exam is the same level of difficulty. The pass mark is established using the same standard for both types of exams.

  • Q: How can I become familiar with the computer-based testing technology?

    A: Assessment Strategies Inc. (ASI) administers the exam. It has a computer-based demo that you can use to get familiar with the features before writing the exam. Once you are eligible to write the exam, we will let you know where to go for resources, exam demos and predictor tests.

  • Q: Can I write a paper-based CPNRE® instead?

    A: No. The CPNRE® is only available as a computer-based test in BC.

  • Q: What if I need a special accommodation for the exam?

    A: Applicants requiring a special accommodation for the exam make a request to CLPNBC.

  • Q: How much does the exam cost?

    A: For more information please visit the fees page.

  • Q: Are there any other fees associated with the exam?

    A: For more information please visit the fees page.

  • Q: How do I register for the computer-based exam?

    1. 1. Apply for CLPNBC registration
    2. 2. Receive an email notice from CLPNBC informing you which exam window you are eligible to take the exam
    3. 3. Receive an email notice from Pearson VUE (the approved testing centre) inviting you to schedule your exam
    4. 4. Follow Pearson VUE’s instructions to:
      1. a. choose where and when you would like to take the exam,
      2. b. schedule your appointment, and
      3. c. pay the test centre fee.

  • Q: What is an authorized testing window?

    A: We offer the CPNRE® during three different “authorized testing windows”. Each window has approximately 20 days that you can take the exam. The next exam windows begin in May 2016, September 2016, and January 2017. For example, if you are eligible to take the May 2016 exam, you can schedule your exam appointment on one of 20 available dates during that time (May 23 – June 19).

  • Q: Where do I write the exam?

    A: You can schedule your exam appointment at any Pearson VUE testing centres across Canada.

  • Q: Can I reschedule or cancel my scheduled exam appointment?

    A: Yes. Please see the information delivered to you by Pearson VUE, or visit Pearson VUE’s website after February 22, 2016.

  • Q: When do I get the exam results?

    A: We will email you your exam results within one month of completing the CPNRE®.

  • Q: Are exam fees refundable?

    A: No. Once CLPNBC determines you are eligible to take the CPNRE®, the exam fee is not refundable.

  • Q: Will I be able to change, edit, or go back to a previous question on the computer-based exam?

    A: Yes. At any time during the exam, you can go back to a previous question, change a previous answer, or go back and review your answers.

  • Q: What happens if I cannot make my scheduled exam appointment?

    A: Refer to the resources provided by Pearson VUE for details about cancelling and rescheduling your appointment. Pearson VUE has policies related to scheduling, rescheduling and cancelling your exam appointment.

  • Q: On the day of my exam appointment, what time should I be at the test centre?

    A: Refer to the resources provided by Pearson VUE for details about your exam day. Pearson VUE provides everything you need to know about your scheduled exam.

  • Q: What can I bring into the exam?

    A: Refer to the resources provided by Pearson VUE for details about exam day. Pearson VUE provides everything you need to know about testing centre rules.

  • Q: Are there scheduled and unscheduled breaks during the exam?

    Refer to the resources provided by Pearson VUE for details about exam day. Pearson VUE provides everything you need to know about testing centre rules

  • Q: What happens if the computer crashes or I am unable to finish due to technical difficulty?

    A: Refer to the resources provided by Pearson VUE for details on exam interruption. Should the interruption relate to the test centre’s ability to continue with the exam, e.g., weather outages, computer issues, they will advise you what to do. Should you not be able to finish the exam due to unforeseen circumstances, contact CLPNBC’s registration team as soon as possible to discuss next steps for completing this requirement for registration.

  • Q: What are the deadlines for submitting my application in time for the next available testing window?

    A: There are no longer deadlines for submitting your application. Once we have assessed your application and authorized a testing window, we will notify you to schedule your exam appointment with Pearson VUE. The earlier you get your application in the better, but we are not able to move forward in the application process until we receive your transcript.

  • Q: How long before I hear from Pearson VUE to schedule my exam?

    A: We expect that you will receive an email from Pearson VUE within a week of receiving authorization to take the exam from CLPNBC.

  • Q: What happens if I do not get an email from Pearson VUE to schedule my exam?

    A: Contact the registration team if you have not received an email within 10 days after getting your authorization from us.


Criminal Record Check

  • Q: Why do I need a Criminal Record Check?

    A. The Criminal Record Review Program, a division of BC’s Ministry of Justice, requires that all those working or volunteering with the public consent to a review of their criminal record history. The Criminal Records Review Act mandates that applicants provide a criminal record check consent when applying for registration, every five years thereafter and if they are charged with or convicted of a relevant or specified criminal offence (listed in Schedule 1 and 3 of the Act). The criminal record review searches for relevant offences and makes a determination of risk to vulnerable adults and children should a relevant or specified offence be found. The results of the review assist in determining an applicant’s ability to meet CLPNBC’s professional standards and good character requirements.

  • Q: What happens if I do not complete a Criminal Record Check?

    A. Section 14 of the Criminal Records Review Act requires applicants for registration to provide a criminal record check consent prior to being registered. A registered member must comply with the requirement to provide a criminal record check consent at least once every five years and if they are charged with a criminal offence. Non-compliance with this requirement may result in an investigation by the Inquiry Committee. The applicant’s employer will be notified and the registrant may have their registration suspended, cancelled, or subject to limits or conditions. The member may not work with children or vulnerable adults until the criminal record check is provided.

  • Q: If I have just had a criminal record check done for employment do I need to do another for CLPNBC?

    A. No, if you have done a criminal record check through the Criminal Record Review Program for your employer within the last six months. You can email the registration team for information about sharing your results.

    Yes, if your criminal record check is older than six months it cannot be shared. If it is done through the RCMP, it does not check all of the same records that the Criminal Records Review Program checks, so it will not be accepted by CLPNBC.

  • Q: If I have done a criminal record check with CLPNBC can I share the result with my employer?

    A. Yes. If your employer requests a criminal record check through the Criminal Record Review Act within six months of the date of the criminal record check done for CLPNBC, you can email the registration team for information about sharing your results with your employer.

  • Q: How long will it take to process?

    A. If there are no criminal records, CLPNBC will be informed within 1-2 weeks after the consent is submitted to the Criminal Records Review Program. If there is a possible record and fingerprints are required, it may be six months or more before a result is received.

  • Q: If I have a criminal record, who will have access to this information?

    A. Information provided about your criminal record by you or by the Criminal Record Review Program is protected by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

  • Q: If I am charged with a criminal offence, do I need to tell CLPNBC?

    A: Yes. the Criminal Records Review Act and the Health Professions Act impose obligations on the College that can only be met when applicants for registration or registrants disclose their criminal record. CLPNBC requires information about your criminal record to assess your registration and re-instatement application. If you incur a criminal charge and at least every five years you must consent to a criminal record check. Failure to disclose your criminal record to CLPNBC is considered misconduct and will be investigated by the College. We advise you to contact the College immediately if you are charged with a criminal offence, before the information is disclosed to the College by law enforcement agencies or another party. As noted above your privacy is protected. As noted below your record is assessed in a fair and transparent manner to determine whether it indicates that you will present a risk to the public if you are allowed to practise your profession.

  • Q: If I have a criminal record, does it mean that I cannot be an LPN in British Columbia?

    A: No, if the Criminal Records Review Program determines that you have a relevant record there will be an adjudication process, during which you are entitled to provide written submissions. The College will also assess all of the circumstances regarding your criminal record. The College would only deny registration, reinstatement or renewal because of your criminal record, if your record shows that you would pose a risk to the public if you were allowed to practise as a LPN.


Online Renewal

  • Q: When is the registration renewal period?

    A. Registration renewal opens on November 1 and closes on December 31st at 4:30pm. You must submit your annual registration renewal application and pay outstanding fees by this deadline. Your application will be considered incomplete if we have not received the application and/or the required fees. Incomplete applications are cancelled when the deadline passes.

  • Q: What happens if I do not renew or forget to renew my practising registration before it expires?

    A. You cannot practise/work as an LPN or use the title LPN and you may not continue practising in an LPN role until your registration is reinstated. To apply for reinstatement, sign in to your CLPNBC account and complete the reinstatement application. CLPNBC Bylaws direct the process you must follow. More information on reinstatement is available here.

    NEW: Should you continue to practise as an LPN after your registration expires, you will be subject to investigation by the Inquiry Committee and may be issued a fine of $200.

    We advise you to renew your registration well before the deadline to ensure that your application and fee were received and processed. We also recommend that you verify your registration on the Public Registry prior to the end of the year, to confirm your eligibility to practice as an LPN.


  • Q: What happens if I work in BC without a practising registration?

    A. You are committing an offence under section 51 of the Health Professions Act. You may be held personally liable because your liability insurance is not valid. You will be referred to the Inquiry Committee for investigation and may be issued a fine of $200.


  • Q: How should I renew if I am planning to take a leave of absence?

    A: CLPNBC understands that each registrant has their own individual set of circumstances. It is up to each registrant to understand their options and decide which one is best for them.

    Current practising registrants have three choices at renewal:
    1. Renew as practising - You are ready to return to practice any time in the next year.
    2. Renew as non-practising - You will need to convert your registration before you can return to practise. You complete the application and pay the fees online. Don't leave it to the last minute - the time it takes to process your application depends on when you last practised as an LPN.
    3. Do not renew - sign in to your CLPNBC account and choose “Not Renewing” to notify us of your decision. When you choose to return to practise, you must submit an application for reinstatement.The time it takes to process your application depends on when you last practised as an LPN, so don't leave it to the last minute.
    The nursing practice hours requirement applies to all three options. If you do not meet the practice hour requirement, you will not be eligible for conversion from non-practising to practising or reinstatement of your non-practising or practising registration. Effective for 2019 annual renewal, if you do not meet the practice hour requirement you will not be able to renew your practising registration.

  • Q. What can I use my CLPNBC registration account for?

    A. Your account can be used for the following:

    • • Access to annual renewal application
    • • Update your contact information (address, phone#, or email)
    • • Update or add new employer information
    • • View or print your annual renewal tax receipt
    • • Pay outstanding fees

  • Q: I have more than one email address. Which one do I use to verify my registration account?

    A. Use the email address where you receive CLPNBC’s monthly newsletter “LPN connect”. If you do not receive the newsletter, email the registration team. After we verify your identity, we can update your email address.

  • Q: I can't remember my LPN/registrant number — how can I find out what it is?

    A. Look yourself up by name on CLPNBCs Public Registry

  • Q: I can't remember my password — what do I do?

    A. From the sign in page for “LPN Sign in” select “forgot my password” and then follow the steps to reset. CLPNBC does not have your password. If you forget it, only you can reset it. LPN Sign in link location
    Forgot Password link location

  • Q: I can’t remember the answer to my Security question – what do I do?

    A. Contact CLPNBC during regular business hours at 778.373.3101 or 1.877.373.2201. After we verify your identity, we can provide the response.

  • Q: Are there measures in place to ensure that payments made over the website are secure?

    A. CLPNBC does not retain any personal banking information transmitted over the Internet. The information is retained by Moneris, which is the largest processor of transactions in Canada. Moneris also has enhanced security mechanisms to ensure the security of financial information.

  • Q: How do I access the renewal form?

    A. Click here to access your CLPNBC account. Click on the green "Registration" button and then the "Renew" button.

  • Q: What should I do if I am not renewing my registration?

    A. If you do not plan to practise in 2016, sign into your CLPNBC account and choose the option "Not Renewing" or email us.. Learn more about your renewal options here

  • Q: Why do I need a password?

    A. Your password gives you access to your CLPNBC account and the online services available, including renewal, reinstatement, view and/or print tax receipts and more. Your password is unique to you, and only you have a record of it. KEEP YOUR PASSWORD SECURE — you will need it during renewal EACH YEAR!

  • Q: How can I renew online if I do not have a computer or access to the Internet.

    A. If you do not have Internet access at home or work, you can complete your online renewal application at a library or an internet café. Complete your renewal application on a desktop computer, laptop or tablet. Renewal cannot be completed on smartphones.

    We have a computer at CLPNBC's office that registrants can use for renewal. Our office is located at Suite 260 – 3480 Gilmore Way, Burnaby. We are available by phone at 778.373.3101 to provide assistance if required.

  • Q: How many hours do I have to work each year to keep my LPN registration?

    A. Beginning in 2014, LPNs started tracking and reporting the hours they work each year. LPNs will need to work a minimum of 1,125 hours over five years to renew their practising registration. LPNs have until 2019 renewal period to accumulate the required hours. Review the notification of this new policy by clicking here.

  • Q: What payment options are available?

    A. We accept VISA, MasterCard, VISA/Debit or INTERAC Online (Bank of Montreal, RBC, Scotiabank, Envision Financial Credit Union, and TD Canada Trust clients.) We also accept money orders.

    Note: If you will be paying by money order, you must ensure that your money order arrives at CLPNBC no later than December 29. Money order payments take up to 2 business days to process.

  • Q: Why is CLPNBC only offering online renewal?

    A. Because it is the most cost effective, environmentally friendly and efficient method of renewal for both registrants and CLPNBC.

  • Q: What do I do if I get this message when I try to login to my account "The email or password you entered may not be correct or you do not have an account?"

    A. This message will appear for one or more of the following reasons:
    • •   You haven't created your registration account
    • •   The email address you have entered is different from the address in your CLPNBC record
    • •   The password you entered does not match the one you created. Remember that one of the characters must be a capital letter. If you cannot remember your password, click on "Forgot my password" and follow the steps to reset it.

  • Q: When will I get my registration card?

    A. Registration cards were discontinued in 2014. You and your employer can confirm your registration status online by searching for your LPN ID on the Public Registry.

  • Q: How do I get a tax receipt for my registration renewal fees?

    A: Tax receipts are available within 48 hours after you receive a confirmation email from CLPNBC’s Registration team. You can access your tax receipt by logging back into your CLPNBC account.



Practice Hours

  • Q: How many hours do I need to keep my licence?

    A. You must work a minimum of 1,125 hours over five years

  • Q: What type of work can I count?

    A. you can count the following:
    • • paid employment
    • • self-employment
    • • volunteer work
    • • committee work
    • • a nursing regulatory college/union/association
    • • an educator role
    • • a managerial role

    To count volunteer or committee work, these activities must fall within the definition of licensed practical nursing.

    You cannot count hours that you work as a housekeeper, care aide, dietary aid, EMT, student, registered nurse, or registered psychiatric nurse.


  • Q: I look after my sick loved one; can I count those hours as practice hours?

    A. To qualify for practice hours, you must be working within CLPNBC's Standards of Practice. Looking after family or friends does not count. See the practiced standard, Boundaries in the Nurse Client Relationship, to help understand when you are acting in a professional capacity and when you are acting in a personal capacity.

  • Q: Can I count vacation, maternity/paternity leave, or disability hours?

    A. You can count only those hours that you actually worked. You cannot count time you were absent from work for reasons such as sickness, vacation, or disability.

  • Q: What if I work casual, how will I meet the practice hour requirement?

    A. The 1125 practice hours run over a 5 year period. So, if you work an average of two 12-hour shifts, or three 8-hour shifts each month, you will meet the practice hour requirement at the end of five years.

  • Q: If I don't meet the practice hour's requirement, what happens to my licence?

    A. If you are unable to meet the practice hour’s requirement, you will lose your practising registration. You can either let your licence lapse or you can apply for a non-practicing licence. In either case, you will not be able to work as an LPN.

  • Q: How do I get my practising licence back?

    A. See Bylaw 54 to learn how you can regain your practising licence after it has lapsed. 

  • Q: How will I provide proof of hours?

    A. At renewal each year you will attest to the number of LPN hours you have worked that year. The hours must add up to at least 1,125 over a 5 year period. Keep a record of your hours for the previous five year period in case CLPNBC asks you to provide evidence.

  • Q: Why has the CLPNBC Board approved a practice hour's requirement?

    A. The requirement provides evidence that you are continuing to practice as an LPN. This minimum number of hours is one indicator of your competence to practice. CLPNBC is developing a Quality Assurance Program which will also support your continuing competence Most nursing regulatory bodies across Canada have a similar requirement.

  • Q: Is there a maximum number of hours I can work in 5 years?

    A. No maximum hour limit exists; however, you must meet CLPNBC's Standards of Practice and maintain your fitness to practice.  Be aware that some LPNs may work so many hours of overtime that they become unsafe to practice. 

  • Q: When will the requirement to count practice hours come into effect?

    A. The requirement to count practice hours takes effect in 2014. When you renew your licence to practice for 2015, you will have to attest to the number of hours you worked in 2014.


Scope of Practice

  • Q: Why did CLPNBC create Standards, Limits and Conditions?

    A. CLPNBC created Standards, Limits and Conditions to:
    • •   clarify and standardize the activities that are within the LPN Scope of Practice
    • •   outline conditions under which LPNs may practice safely
    • •   reflect the role of the LPN as a professional nurse and key member of the health care team

      Under the Health Professions Act (HPA), CLPNBC has the authority to establish, monitor and enforce Standards, Limits and Conditions for LPN practice for LPNs in BC

      Standards, Limits and Conditions are part of the Scope of Practice for LPNs in BC

  • Q: How do the new Standards, Limits and Conditions affect my practice as an LPN?

    A. The Standards, Limits and Conditions set by CLPNBC will bring clarity to the activities you are currently performing and assist the employer in identifying what policies are required to support continued safe practice by LPNs.

  • Q: What will I need to do differently in my job?

    A. While the Standards for Acting with an Order/Clinical Direction apply to all LPNs, not all Limits and Conditions will apply to each LPN’s individual practice. There are some differences that you and your employer need to be aware of.

    We recommend that you:
    • •   review the  Scope of Practice for LPNs to see how Standards, Limits and Conditions apply to your current practice
    • •   email scope@clpnbc.org or contact our Nursing Practice Advisors if you have questions
    • •   speak with your employer about how they will be implementing Standards, Limits and Conditions in your workplace

  • Q: What is the difference between direction and supervision under the current Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation?

    A. The existing Regulation allows LPNs to work under the “direction” (orders) of a physician or a nurse practitioner OR under the “supervision” of an RN.  Supervision has two components, clinical guidance and clinical direction. Clinical guidance is the collaboration and support the RN provides to the LPN through client-focused problem-solving and discussions about client care. There may also be times when the LPN requires written instructions for the care of a client. This component of supervision is called clinical direction.

    Wound care is a good example of where an LPN may need specific clinical direction (i.e., written instructions) from an RN about how to care for a client’s wound. RNs may provide clinical direction to LPNs to carry out activities that are within the LPN scope of practice, as long as employer policy allows the RN to give clinical direction for those activities, and the activity is within the autonomous scope of practice of the RN. Written instructions clarify accountability and protect the client, the LPN and the RN.

  • Q: When will the changes be effective?

    A. The CLPNBC Board of Directors approved Standards, Limits and Conditions for LPN practice in April 2013. Implementation will be gradual and will require employers to develop policies to support this change in LPN practice.  Check with your employer to find out how and when changes will occur in your workplace. Watch the CLPNBC website and your email for regular updates as we move forward.

  • Q: How does CLPNBC ensure that employers know about the new Standards, Limits and Conditions?

    A. CLPNBC is meeting regularly with LPNs, employers, nursing educators, Chief Nursing Officers, unions, Professional Practice Offices and other stakeholders to help them understand and apply Standards, Limits and Conditions in the workplace.  The LPN staff at CLPNBC also provide practical guidance about how Standards, Limits and Conditions apply to different practice situations and settings.

  • Q: What should I do if I am asked to do something at work that is not allowed under the new Standards, Limits and Conditions?

    A. We encourage you to discuss your concerns with your employer first, and then with your Professional Practice Office if you work in a health authority, or with your facility lead/supervisor or director if you work in a private care setting. You can also contact CLPNBC's Nursing Practice Advisors by phone or confidential email with practice-related questions. 

  • Q: What will happen if I mistakenly carry out an activity that is not allowed under the new Standards, Limits and Conditions?

    A. Mistakes do happen, but, for the safety of the client, it is important to disclose them. You should speak with your employer first, but you may also speak to a CLPNBC Nursing Practice Advisor by phone or confidential email.

  • Q: Do the new Standards, Limits and Conditions mean that I need to go back to school or get more training to continue doing my job?

    A. An LPN will not need additional preparation for a competency they are not currently performing in their LPN role. However:

    • •   If an LPN is currently carrying out a nursing activity that requires additional preparation1 as set out in a condition, the employer may assess the LPN’s competence against the standard for additional preparation set by the employer.
    • •   If an LPN is not educated to carry out a specific nursing activity, the Limits and Conditions provide direction to the LPN and their employer about appropriate LPN practice and the necessary preparation required to carry out the activity safely.

    As self-regulating health professionals, LPNs are responsible to ensure they are competent to provide a nursing activity.


  • Q: How did CLPNBC develop the Standards, Limits and Conditions? Were LPNs involved?

    A. LPNs were actively involved in developing the Standards, Limits and Conditions. Over the past two years, CLPNBC held more than 25 province-wide consultations where we spoke with hundreds of LPNs and other health care professionals who work with LPNs in a variety of settings.  LPNs on staff at CLPNBC also provided input to the Limits and Conditions based on the kinds of practice questions and concerns they were receiving. This information and feedback was used to develop the Standards, Limits and Conditions for LPN practice in BC.

    If new information is received during the implementation phase, CLPNBC’s Board will review the information and revise the Standards, Limits and Conditions as required.


LPNs and Immunizations

  • Q: Will I need to redo the Immunization Competency Course again?

    A: A. If you completed the online Immunization Competency Course after January 1, 2012 and have a Course Completion Certificate, you do not need to do it again, but you may want to refresh your knowledge by doing BCCDC’s Influenza Immunization Competency Course.

  • Q: What does the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation allow?

    A: The regulation acknowledges that providing immunizations falls within the scope of practice for LPNs. It enables CLPNBC to set specific standards, limits and conditions for British Columbia LPNs related to immunization practice.

  • Q: Who can take the BCCDC LPN Online Immunization Competency Course?

    A: A British Columbia LPN who holds a practising registration and would like to immunize, or who is required to immunize as part of their LPN role, is eligible to take the course.

  • Q: Is there a cost for the BCCDC LPN Online Immunization Competency Course?

    A: No, the BCCDC LPN Online Immunization Competency Course is free.

  • Q: Does CLPNBC require all LPNs in BC to take the Immunization Competency Course?

    A: No, only LPNs who would like to immunize, or who are required to immunize as part of their LPN role, must get an immunization certificate from BCCDC.

  • Q: I took a paper-based Immunization Competency Course through a College already. Do I have to take the BCCDC LPN Online Immunization Competency Course?

    A: Yes, every LPN in British Columbia is required to take the BCCDC LPN Online Immunization Competency Course in order to receive a course completion certificate from BCCDC and demonstrate the competencies to their employer.

  • Q: Does an LPN need an immunization certificate to give immunizations with an order?

    A: Yes, LPNs in British Columbia must get a BCCDC Immunization Course Completion certificate and demonstrate competencies to their employers.

  • Q: Does an LPN need to get an immunization certificate to give immunizations without an order?

    A: Yes, LPNs in British Columbia must get a BCCDC Immunization Course Completion certificate and demonstrate the competencies to their employer to immunize.

  • Q: Are there any vaccines LPNs can administer independently?

    A: Yes, LPNs in British Columbia can independently administer vaccines for the prevention of influenza and pneumonia. LPNs must follow the Standards, Limits and Conditions for LPNs' Independent Administration of Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunizations (Appendix A) set out by CLPNBC for these immunizations.

  • Q: Does an RN need to be in the building while the LPN is immunizing?

    A: Yes, an RN needs to be on-site and immediately available to the LPN in the event of anaphylaxis. LPNs in British Columbia are not able to independently diagnose and manage anaphylaxis.

  • Q: Can LPNs independently administer vaccines other than influenza or pneumococcal?

    A: No, administration of all other immunizations may only be performed by an LPN in British Columbia under the direction of a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner who is attending the patient or under the supervision of a Registered Nurse who is providing services to the patient.

  • Q: Can LPNs administer immunizations to any client or patient?

    A: No. LPNs in British Columbia can only administer immunizations to individuals four years of age or older.

  • Q: Can LPNs be employed by pharmacies to provide influenza and/or pneumococcal vaccines?

    A: Yes, but as per the Standards, Limits and Conditions (Appendix A), an RN must be on-site.


Jurisprudence

  • Q: What is "Nursing Jurisprudence"?

    A. Nursing Jurisprudence is the study and application of law as it relates to the legal principles, regulations and standards that govern the practice of nursing.

  • Q: How does Jurisprudence relate to LPN practice?

    A: Jurisprudence assists LPNs to understand and apply the relevant legislation, regulations and standards to their practice.

  • Q: Who has to write the Jurisprudence exam?

    A: All practising and non-practising LPNs write the exam every three years.

    All LPNs who are renewing their registration for the first time or former registrants who have reinstated are required to write the exam the following year.

    LPNs holding interim, limited or temporary registration do not write the exam.

  • Q: When do I have to write the Jurisprudence exam?

    A: If you are a practising or non-practising LPN, CLPNBC will assign you to write the exam in either 2016, 2017 or 2018.

  • Q: When is the deadline to complete the Jurisprudence exam?

    A: To ensure you are eligible to renew your registration for next year, complete the Jurisprudence exam by November 30.

  • Q: Who else has to do a Jurisprudence exam?

    A: Many other health regulators in BC and across Canada use a Jurisprudence exam, for example, the College of Registered Nurses of BC, the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC, the College of Dietitians of BC, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, and the College of Nurses of Ontario.

  • Q: Is there a fee to write the Jurisprudence exam?

    A: There is no fee to write the exam the first time. The fee is $50 to write the second time, and $100 to write the third time.

  • Q: How will I find out when I have to write the Jurisprudence exam?

    A: CLPNBC will notify you by email.

  • Q: How often do I have to do the Jurisprudence exam?

    A: Every three years. Once CLPNBC assigns a Jurisprudence year, the registrant continues in the same three-year cycle. However, registrants who let their registration lapse and reinstate are required to write the exam the following year. These registrants are then assigned a new exam cycle.

  • Q: What happens if I do not write the Jurisprudence exam?

    A: If you do not write the exam, you will not be eligible to renew your registration for the following year.

    If you have significant gaps and are required to write the Jurisprudence exam a second or third time and do not do it, CLPNBC’s Quality Assurance Committee will determine the next steps.

  • Q: What happens if I fail the Jurisprudence exam?

    A: Jurisprudence is part of CLPNBC’s Quality Assurance Program. The goal is to promote high practice standards, not to pass or fail. With Jurisprudence education, we believe we have set you up for success. The exam is open book and you can use resources to help you find the right answer.

    We anticipate most LPNs will have some gaps in their understanding and ability to apply CLPNBC’s Standards of Practice and the legislation that govern LPN practice in BC. These gaps are an opportunity to enhance your practice. If you score below 70% on the exam, you will have an opportunity to study and rewrite the exam when you feel ready, but within three months.

  • Q: What is a "significant gap"?

    A: Your exam results are below 70% and there are gaps in your ability to understand and apply CLPNBC’s Standards of Practice and the legislation that govern LPN practice in BC.

  • Q: What happens if I have significant gaps on the Jurisprudence exam?

    A: A significant gap means your exam results are below 70%. If your exam results reveal you have significant gaps in your ability to understand and apply CLPNBC’s Standards of Practice and the legislation that govern LPN practice in BC, you will have the opportunity to study and write the exam again when you feel ready, but within three months.

  • Q: If I have significant gaps, can I still practise?

    A: Jurisprudence is part of CLPNBC’s Quality Assurance Program. The goal is to promote high practice standards. If you have significant gaps after writing the first exam, you will have an opportunity to study and write the exam for a second time when you feel ready, but within three months. You may continue to practise; however, if the Quality Assurance Committee has reasonable grounds to believe you pose a threat to the public because of a failure to comply with its recommendations, it may notify the Inquiry Committee at any time.

  • Q: How can I improve if significant gaps are identified from my first exam results?

    A: There are many approaches you can take to improving your understanding and ability to apply CLPNBC’s Standards of Practice including:

    • • Reviewing and reflecting on your exam results
    • • Clicking on all the links and reading the standards related to the questions you got wrong
    • • Completing the Jurisprudence education module
    • • Completing a risk assessment to identify where your practice might be at risk
    • • Contacting a CLPNBC nursing practice advisor to review your exam results and your risk assessment, and to identify any other issues that may affect your ability to close the gaps
    • • Talking to your employer or educator for support

  • Q: How long will it take to get my exam results?

    A: You will know your results as soon as you have completed your exam.

  • Q: Are my exam results confidential?

    A. Although there are a few exceptions (for example, if you cheat), your exam results are confidential. The Quality Assurance staff at CLPNBC will have access to all the Jurisprudence results to develop summary reports. They will only look at individual results if there is a specific need.

  • Q: How can I study for Jurisprudence?

    A: Everything you need to know about Jurisprudence is on CLPNBC’s website. See CLPNBC’s Standards of Practice Framework. You can also access all of the resources while you are writing the exam.

  • Q: How many exam questions do I have to get right to pass?

    A: Jurisprudence is part of CLPNBC’s Quality Assurance Program. The goal is to promote high practice standards, not to pass or fail LPNs. If your exam results are below 70%, you have significant gaps. You will have the opportunity to study and write the exam for a second time when you feel ready, but within three months.

  • Q: How many attempts do I have to successfully complete the Jurisprudence exam?

    A: You can take the exam a maximum of three times. If significant gaps are identified from the first exam results, you can study and take the exam a second time when you feel ready, but within three months. If significant gaps remain after the second exam, the Quality Assurance Committee will make recommendations to help you close the gaps. After you complete the recommendations, you can take the third exam when you feel ready, but within three months.

  • Q: What types of questions are on the Jurisprudence exam?

    A: The questions are multiple-choice. The “Test Your Knowledge” scenarios are good examples. View examples here.

  • Q: I have non-practising registration. Can I still take part in Jurisprudence?

    A: Yes. All practising and non-practising LPNs write the Jurisprudence exam.

  • Q: Who else has to do a Jurisprudence exam?

    A: Many other health regulators in BC and across Canada use a Jurisprudence exam, for example, the College of Registered Nurses of BC, the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC, the College of Dietitians of BC, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, and the College of Nurses of Ontario.

  • Q: How will Jurisprudence help me?

    A: Jurisprudence has an education module and an exam. Together they help you understand and apply CLPNBC’s Standards of Practice and the legislation that govern LPN practice in BC.

  • Q: Is Jurisprudence only available online?

    A: Yes. It is an online education module and exam.

  • Q: I don’t have a computer. How can I complete Jurisprudence?

    A: You can go to your local library to use a computer. You may also have access through your employer or a friend.

  • Q: Do I get a badge or certificate upon completion?

    A: If you complete the Jurisprudence exam without significant gaps, you are awarded a bronze, silver or gold digital badge. You can post your badge to Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. You can also print a certificate of completion.

  • Q: Can I complete Jurisprudence in more than one sitting?

    A: Yes. You can go in and out of the Jurisprudence education and exam as often as you want, however you cannot go back and change answers you have already submitted. Once you hit the “submit button” at the end of the exam, you are finished and you can review your exam results.

  • Q: Can I collaborate with colleagues or friends to write the Jurisprudence exam?

    A: No. You must write the exam by yourself as it is a test of your own knowledge and ability to apply the legal principles, regulations and standards that govern LPN practice in BC.

  • Q: If I have completed Jurisprudence in another province, do I have to do it in BC?

    A: Yes. CLPNBC’s Jurisprudence is specifically related to CLPNBC’s Standards of Practice and the legislation that govern LPN practice in BC.

  • Q: Can someone who is not an LPN complete Jurisprudence?

    A: At this point, Jurisprudence is only for practising and non-practising LPNs..

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