Practice Standards

Practice standards set out requirements for specific aspects of LPN practice. They link with other CLPNBC standards, policies and bylaws and all legislation relevant to LPN practice.

Boundaries in the Nurse-Client Relationship

The nurse-client relationship is the foundation of nursing practice across all populations and cultures and in all practice settings. It is therapeutic and focuses on the needs of the client.

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Communicable Diseases: Preventing Nurse-to-Client Transmission

A communicable disease is caused by an infectious agent that is spread from person to person, either directly or indirectly. This practice standard provides LPNs with information to make decisions about preventing, detecting and controlling the spread of infectious agents from nurses to clients.

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Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest occurs when an LPN’s personal or private interests interfere with a client’s best interests or the LPN’s own professional responsibilities.

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Consent

Consent to health care means having the right to choose, refuse or revoke health care after being informed about the proposed plan of care. 

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Dispensing Medications

Dispensing includes preparing and providing a medication for a client, taking steps to ensure:

  • pharmaceutical and therapeutic suitability of the medication for its intended use
  • proper use of the medication

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Documentation

Documentation is any written or electronically generated information about a client that describes the care or service provided to that client.

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Duty to Provide Care

LPNs have an obligation to provide safe, competent and ethical care to their clients, in accordance with CLPNBC’s Standards of Practice and relevant legislation.

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Duty to Report

LPNs have a legal and ethical duty to report the incompetent or impaired practice, or the unethical conduct, of another health professional to the appropriate regulatory body.

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Medication Administration

Medication administration involves preparing and giving scheduled and unscheduled drugs to a client and evaluating the effect of the drugs on the client.

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LPNs have an ethical and legal responsibility to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of a client’s personal health information obtained while providing care.

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Use of LPN Title

The Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation authorizes CLPNBC registrants to use a reserved title to show that they have met CLPNBC’s registration requirements. CLPNBC Bylaws establish classes of registrants. Only those individuals who have met CLPNBC’s requirements for registration can use a protected title.

 

Working with Health Care Assistants

Health care assistants (HCAs) are caregivers who provide personal care assistance and services in a variety of health care settings such as acute care, assisted living, residential care, and home and community care. In some practice settings, LPNs may be responsible for assigning client care, or parts of client care, to HCAs.

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