Practice standards set out requirements for specific aspects of LPN practice. They link with other BCCNM standards, policies and bylaws and all legislation relevant to LPN practice.
Health Care Assistants (HCAs)1 are caregivers who provide personal care assistance and services in a variety of health care settings such as acute care, assisted living, residential care, and home and community care. In some practice settings, LPNs may be responsible for assessing clients and assigning client care, or parts of client care, to HCAs.
In British Columbia (BC), HCAs have no legally defined scope of practice and are not members of a regulated health profession. While some HCAs are registered with the
BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry and have a
core competency profile, all HCAs have a job description and are accountable to their employers for the satisfactory performance of assigned care.
Employers provide the organizational supports and systems necessary for LPNs to meet BCCNM Standards of Practice.
within the LPN scope of practice,
within the LPN’s individual competence,
permitted within employer policy,
within the HCA core competency profile,
within the HCA’s role description and training, AND
set out in a client’s care plan.
After an LPN assigns care to an HCA, the LPN continues to be responsible for assessing the outcomes of the care and for updating the overall plan of care.
If you are a manager or supervisor, your job description may also include the responsibility to teach HCAs and provide feedback on their performance.
BCCNM’s Regulatory Practice Consultant or call 604.742.6200 x8803 (Metro Vancouver) Toll-free 1.866.880.7101 x8803 (within Canada only).
BCCNM Practice Standards
BCCNM Professional Standards
BCCNM Scope of Practice Standards
HCAs may also be referred to as resident care aides, home support workers, community health workers or assisted living workers.
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