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Scope of practice

For licensed practical nurses

BCCNM's Scope of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses​ (PDF) is based on the Regulation and sets out the activities that LPNs are educated and authorized to perform if employer policy permits it, and if the LPN has the competence.

In December 2015, the BC government signed into law a revised Nurses (Licens​ed Practical) Regulation. BCCNM has developed standards, limits and conditions to complement the Regulation an​d is beginning a gr​​adual implementation by working collaboratively with LPNs, employers, educators and others.

What you need to know

  • Implementation of new standards, limits and conditions will be gradual
  • LPN practice will not change until employers have appropriate policies in place

  • Employers will need time to determine what changes will take place in their organization and when those changes will happen

  • BCCNM will continue to work closely with LPNs, employers and others about how to apply the standards, limits and conditions in the workplace

  • You can stay up-to-date by reading the newsletter and checking our website

  • Contact BCCNM if you are an LPN who is carrying out activities that are not included in BCCNM's Scope of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses

 ​​​Additional education re​source

Additional education is a key concept identified in BCCNM's Scope of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses.

This resourc​e (PDF)​ has been developed for employers, LPNs and educators. They can use the components outlined in the document to review an existing course or to develop new education that fits within the definition of additional education.​​

Scope of practice inq​​ui​ry

Wondering if an activity is within the scope of practice for LPNs? Drop us a line ​

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