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Revised Scope of Practice for LPNs approved


Jul 7, 2020

​The BCCNP Board on June 25, 2020, approved revisions to the Scope of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses: Standards, Limits and Conditions. These changes take effect Oct. 1, 2020.

The changes were made in response to requests from stakeholders; to better reflect what is happening in the workplace; to align with entry to practice competencies; and to ensure  alignment with the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation. Please review the background section below for the full context of the changes.

BCCNP would like to thank the many stakeholders who participated in this review process for their time and expertise as we updated these scope of practice limits and conditions.

Questions?

Email practice@bccnp.ca  

Background

These revisions to LPN scope of practice limits and conditions were the outcomes of consultations with multiple external stakeholders including:

  • The BC Provincial Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Scope of Practice Working Group, formed in response to requests by external stakeholders to BCCNP for further review and  consultations on revisions to limits and conditions that had been approved by the legacy CLPNBC Board in June 2018 but not put in effect. The Working Group, co-chaired by members of BCCNP and the Ministry of Health (MoH), Nursing Policy Secretariat, included representatives from BCCNP, BC MoH, BC Nurses Union, private facilities, Health Authorities, Health Care Assistant and Practical Nursing Articulation Committee, Nursing Education Council of BC, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC, and Practical Nursing Education Programs. In addition to reviewing the  LPN scope of practice limits and conditions, the Working Group consulted with educators within the public and private practical nursing education programs, and with other expert groups such as the BC Provincial Nursing Skin and Wound Care committee and the BC Renal Program about the activities within the limits and conditions as well as other activities performed by LPNs.
  • BC Centre for Disease Control and the provincial LPN Immunization Task Force regarding the LPN scope of practice limits and conditions for administration of immunizations.
  • BCCDC regarding revisions to the LPN scope of practice limits and conditions for HIV point of care testing.
  • Emergency and Trauma Services within the health authorities regarding revisions to LPN scope of practice limits and conditions in the emergency setting. 
  • Health authorities regarding revisions to LPN scope of practice limits and conditions for casting a fracture.