Competency-Based Practice (Jurisprudence)

Meeting Professional Standards

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CLPNBC has just notified you that you have been assigned to write the Jurisprudence exam this year. What should you do?

A: Only complete the Jurisprudence exam if you hold practising registration and work in a clinical area of practice.

That’s not correct. Whether you hold practising or non-practising registration, you are required to write the Jurisprudence exam every three years regardless of your area of practice.

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

B: Decide to wait until next year to write the Jurisprudence exam so you have more time to prepare.

That’s not correct. If you do not write the exam, you will not be eligible to renew your registration for the following year.

Jurisprudence is part of CLPNBC’s Quality Assurance Program. The goal is to promote high practice standards. With the online Jurisprudence education module and exam, we believe we have set you up for success. The exam is open book and you can use CLPNBC resources to help you find the right answer.

C: Complete the Jurisprudence exam on your own before October 31 so you are eligible to renew your LPN registration for next year.

Correct! If you write the exam, you will be eligible to renew your LPN registration for the following year. Even if the exam shows you have significant gaps in your knowledge about nursing jurisprudence you are still eligible to renew.

D: Collaborate with colleagues to write the Jurisprudence exam before October 31 so you are eligible to renew your LPN registration for next year.

That’s not correct. 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.

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. The Jurisprudence exam assists LPNs to understand and apply the relevant legislation, regulations, and standards to their practice. For more information, see the Jurisprudence FAQs.

LPNs know how and where to access information to support safe, competent and ethical nursing practice and care for clients. See Professional Standard 2: Competency-Based Practice.