Legislation

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) has granted the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (CLPNNL) the legislative authority to regulate the practice of all LPNs in the province. This legislation is set forth in the LPN Act and LPN Regulations, as well as the College By-laws.

Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

The Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) is a federation of provincial and territorial members who are identified in legislation, and responsible for the safety of the public through the regulation of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).

The Council of the CCPNR recognized the need for common standards of practice across member jurisdictions. The Standards of Practice are authoritative statements that define the legal and professional expectations of LPN practice. The Code of Ethics articulates the ethical values and responsibilities that Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) uphold and promote, and to which they are accountable.

In conjunction with the Code of Ethics for LPNs, the Standards of Practice describe the elements of quality LPN practice and facilitate mobility through inter-jurisdictional mutual understanding and agreement of expectations and requirements for practice. These documents also serve as a guide for curriculum development and for public and employer awareness of the practice expectations of the LPN.

On June 18, 2013, CLPNNL adopted the Canadian Council for Practical Nurses Regulators (CCPNR) documents “Standards of Practice for LPNs in Canada” and “Code of Ethics for LPNs in Canada” as the documents required under the Licensed Practical Nurses Act (2005) and Regulations. These documents came into effect January 1, 2014.

Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses
Interpretative Documents

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (CLPNNL) develops Interpretive Documents to provide direction, promote clarity and give further explanation for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in relation to the expectations identified within the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics (2013).

Position Statements
Practice Guidelines

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (CLPNNL) develops Practice Guidelines that outline the LPN's accountability in specific practice contexts. These guidelines reflect legislation and are designated to assist LPNs to understand their responsibilities and legal obligation.

Competency Profile

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (CLPNNL), in accordance with the Licensed Practical Nurses Act (2005), has the legislative responsibility for regulating the practice of Licensed Practical Nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador. The mission of the CLPNNL is to promote the safety and protection of the general public through the provision of safe, competent and ethical care.

The Competency Profile was developed in 2011 to help the public understand the scope of practice of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  This document outlines the knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes required by a LPN in Newfoundland and Labrador. It includes the entry-level competencies that are expected of a new graduate having completed a Practical Nursing program (theory and clinical). No one LPN is expected to possess all competencies described in the Competency Profile. Each LPN will possess a set of competencies specific to him/her and his/her workplace, setting or practice area. In addition, the degree of proficiency of each competency will vary with individual LPNs.

Other competencies within the Competency Profile may also be gained through post basic education, clinical experience, advanced training and/or certification (specialty).

To obtain a copy of the CLPNNL Competency Profile, please contact the CLPNNL at 709-579-3843 or email info@clpnnl.ca

Awards

Anne Keough Excellence in Leadership Award

The Anne Keough Excellence in Leadership Award in Nursing was specifically created to acknowledge and show appreciation to a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who demonstrates excellence in leadership and commitment to the practical nursing profession. The award winner will receive a scholarship of $500.00 towards continuing education and a commemorative framed certificate.

For detailed information to complete the nomination process, please click on the following link: Anne_Keough_Leadership_Award_2017.pdf

Excellence in Practice Award

The Excellence in Practice award is designed to acknowledge and show appreciation to a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who consistently demonstrates excellence in nursing practice. The award winner will receive a scholarship of $500.00 towards continuing education and a framed certificate.

For detailed information to complete the nomination process please click on the following link: Excellence_in_Practice_Award_2017.pdf