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Use of LPN Title


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You are a non-practising LPN. An event planner is looking for nurses to volunteer at an upcoming music festival. The organizer asks you to fill one of the nursing roles at the event. Can you accept this volunteer job?

A: Yes, if you are working as a volunteer nurse you don’t need to have practising registration.

That’s not correct. Registrants who hold non-practising registration may use the title “Non-practising Licensed Practical Nurse,” but they cannot practise nursing, even as a volunteer. (See Principle 5 in the Use of LPN Title Practice Standard).

B: No, unless the event carries liability insurance.

That’s not correct. Registrants who hold non-practising registration cannot practise nursing, even as a volunteer. Therefore, liability insurance does not cover nursing services in this scenario. (See Principle 5 in the Use of LPN Title Practice Standard).

C: No, you do not hold practising registration so you can't volunteer as a nurse.

Correct! Registrants who hold non-practising registration may use the title “Non-practising Licensed Practical Nurse,” but they cannot practise nursing, even as a volunteer. (See Principle 5 in the Use of LPN Title Practice Standard).

D: Yes, if you have a current first aid and CPR certificate.

That’s not correct. You can volunteer as a first aid attendant and provide services within that role. However, registrants who hold non-practising registration cannot use the nursing title or provide nursing services, even as a volunteer. (See Principle 5 in the Use of LPN Title Practice Standard).

If you are a non-practising or retired registrant, be aware you cannot practise or volunteer as a nurse in any area of practice including clinical practice, administration, research or education. (See Applying the Principles to Practice in the Use of LPN Title Practice Standard).​​