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Responsibility and Accountability – Health


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You are an LPN who is feeling depressed. You don't like being home alone so you have decided to keep working. You are having trouble concentrating, and you are irritable with colleagues. You use alcohol to help you sleep and have called in sick occasionally. What is your professional responsibility?

A: To keep your health condition private and avoid any stigma around your illness, call in sick and avoid going to work until you feel better.

That's not correct. LPNs acknowledge when their health condition affects their ability to practice safely. LPNs are responsible for maintaining their physical, psychological and emotional fitness to practice nursing. See Professional Standard 1: Responsibility and Accountability.

B: Ask your manager to put you on light nursing duties and non-client-related tasks until you are better able to concentrate.

That's not correct. LPNs do not practise when they are not fit to do so. LPNs are responsible for maintaining their physical, psychological and emotional fitness to practice nursing. See Professional Standard 1: Responsibility and Accountability

C: Talk to your manager and remove yourself from nursing practice before your health condition negatively affects your practice. Disclose your health condition to BCCNP.

Correct! LPNs are responsible for maintaining their physical, psychological and emotional fitness to practice nursing. LPNs are accountable for decisions, actions and professional conduct. See Professional Standard 1: Responsibility and Accountability.

D: Ignore the situation and hide your health condition. Go through the motions of your job, avoiding interactions with clients and their problems as much as you can.

That's not correct. LPNs acknowledge when their health condition affects their ability to practice nursing safely. LPNs are responsible for maintaining their physical, psychological and emotional fitness to practice nursing. See Professional Standard 1: Responsibility and Accountability.

For more information regarding the BCCNP's Health Program, your Duty to Report and concerns you may have with your own, or a colleague's health condition, contact the BCCNP Fitness to Practice Advisor at: fitnesstopractice@bccnp.ca

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