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Part 1: Introduction

Important information about the LPN Scope of Practice: Standards, Limits, Conditions

​​​The foundation of practical nursing is expressed through:

  1. The scope of practice as defined in the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation
  2. Standards, limits and conditions set by the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM)
  3. Entry to Practice Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses

This document outlines the standards, limits and conditions BCCNM sets for licensed practical nurse (LPN) practice in British Columbia (BC). The standards, limits and conditions cannot be looked at by themselves, but must be reviewed as part of a bigger picture. To provide safe, competent and ethical care, LPNs need to carefully consider what activities they are permitted to perform within their autonomous scope of practice (without an order) and which activities require a client-specific order (with an order) before performing them.​​

In this sectio​n

What is an LPN?

Controls on practice: a shared responsibility​

Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation

Nursing diagnosis​

Standa​rds, limits and conditions​

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