What is CLPNBC's role in LPN practice?

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A: Promotes and advocates for the professional interests of LPNs.

Incorrect. Under the Health Professions Act, CLPNBC is responsible for registering and regulating LPNs. CLPNBC’s mandate is to protect the public and serve the public interest by setting standards for LPNs, promoting high standards of practice for LPNs and acting if LPNs do not meet standards.

B: Registers and regulates LPNs to protect the public and serve the public interest.

Correct! Under the Health Professions Act, CLPNBC is responsible for registering and regulating LPNs. CLPNBC’s mandate is to protect the public and serve the public interest by setting standards for LPNs, promoting high standards of practice for LPNs and acting if LPNs do not meet standards. For example, CLPNBC:

  • Establishes conditions and requirements for entrance into the profession
  • Establishes standards of academic and technical achievement required for entrance into the profession
  • Establishes, monitors and enforces standards of practice and professional ethics in an effort to reduce incompetent, impaired or unethical practice
  • Establishes and maintains a continuing competency/quality assurance program to promote high practice standards

C: Educates practical nursing students and registrants.

Incorrect. While the word “College” is in CLPNBC’s name, CLPNBC does not provide education to practical nursing students or provide continuing education to current LPNs.

Under the Health Professions Act, all regulatory bodies are called colleges. As a college, CLPNBC is responsible for registering and regulating LPNs. CLPNBC’s mandate is to protect the public and serve the public interest by setting standards for LPNs, promoting high standards of practice for LPNs and acting if LPNs do not meet standards.

D: Advocates for, and represents LPN interests related to employment and human resources issues.

Incorrect. Under the Health Professions Act, CLPNBC is responsible for registering and regulating LPNs. CLPNBC is not responsible for advocating for and representing LPN interests related to employment and human resources issues.

CLPNBC’s mandate is to protect the public and serve the public interest by setting standards for LPNs, promoting high standards of practice for LPNs and acting if LPNs do not meet standards.

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