Licensed Practical Nurses in BC provide nursing services to patients and their families across the lifespan in a variety of hospital, community, residential and home care environments working as an integral part of the health team in collaboration with Physicians, RNs and RPNs. LPNs practice nursing using their knowledge, skills, judgment, critical thinking and problem solving to provide safe, competent and ethical care. Comprehensive patient assessments serve as the basis for developing individual nursing care plans.
Practical Nurses perform nursing interventions such as:
- Assistance with bathing and personal care
- Assistance with elimination (inserting catheters and instilling enemas)
- Patient and family teaching
- Vital signs monitoring (temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure)
- Wound care management
- Infection control management
- Assisting with and monitoring nutritional intake
- Conducting specimen collection
- Medication administration
- Observing and documenting therapeutic effects
- Comprehensive medical assessments
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Pain control management
- Peripheral intravenous device management
On completion of this program graduates will:
- Apply the entry-level competencies (CLPNBC, 2009) to provide safe, competent and ethical nursing care to clients across the lifespan.
- Practice in accordance with current legislation, the scope of practice, standards of practice and the code of ethics of the profession, as directed by the CLPNBC and the Health Professions Act of BC.
- Build and maintain collaborative interdisciplinary healthcare team relationships in order to meet the diverse needs of clients.
- Base clinical decision-making on critical thinking with consideration for client-specific acuity, complexity, and variability.
- Advocate for change and resources in the context of individual client care and the broader context of the healthcare system.
- Engage in lifelong learning, self-awareness, and reflective practice.
- Demonstrate the nursing leadership qualities and competencies appropriate to the novice LPN.
- Licensed Practical Nurse
- Health Care Aid
Minimum Entrance Requirements
Grade 12 transcript, GED, ABE or equivalent (all transcripts must be "true certified copies" or originals); admissions interview; successful SSC PN mathematics and language entrance assessments; coordinator/director interview. Note: English proficiency
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Last updated October 28, 2017