In Canada, there are three regulated nursing groups: registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs). RPNs are regulated only in the western provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and in the Yukon Territory. In Ontario, LPNs are called registered practical nurses.
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) practice nursing in collaboration with clients and other members of the healthcare team to provide and improve healthcare services in the best interests of the public. Newly licensed LPNs have completed a diploma program and met the requirements of their regulatory body to obtain a license to practice as an LPN.
This tool is designed to help you understand the requirements for employment in Canada. It describes what you are required to know and to do. It outlines the competencies, knowledge and skills that you must have to work in Canada.
This tool contains 6 parts:
Part 1 - What is a Licensed Practical Nurse?
Part 2 - About the National Nursing Assessment Service
Part 3 - A Typical Work Day
Part 4 - Case Scenarios
Part 5 - Testimonials
Part 6 - Competency Assessment
These tools are meant to be a guide for your personal use. Your answers to questions will not be recorded or evaluated by anyone other than you. These tools do not provide any assurance of your ability to obtain employment in Canada. They are meant only to help you assess your skills based on competency guidelines. They will not be used by any regulatory bodies in Canada to determine your eligibility for registration. There is no link between completion of these tools and formal licensure or certification.