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New entry-level competencies for LPNs effective Sept. 1, 2020


Feb 4, 2020

In 2019, in response to the changing healthcare environment, a comprehensive consultation process was undertaken to update the entry-level competencies (ELCs) for LPNs–currently outlined in Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses (2013). As a result, BCCNP has published a revised set of competencies: Entry-Level Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses (2019). These revised competencies will go into effect Sept. 1, 2020 and will replace the current competencies (2013).

What are ELCs?

ELCs describe the knowledge, skills, judgment and attitude required of beginning practitioners to provide safe, competent and ethical nursing care. They are used by regulators and others for several purposes including education program review, assessment of applicants for registration, curriculum development, and registration exam development. ELCs also create public and employer awareness of the practice expectations for entry-level LPN practice in Canada.

​Questions about using these competencies in PN education? We can help! Email educationprogramreview@bccnp.ca