An LPN is a nurse who studies from the same body of nursing knowledge as registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses. Their practice is based on a foundational knowledge, critical thinking, critical inquiry and clinical judgment.
LPNs graduate from a BCCNM-recognized practical nursing education program based on a standardized curriculum. Other BCCNM requirements that LPNs must meet to obtain
registration include passing the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination, providing evidence of English Language proficiency, competence, good character, a criminal record check and fitness to practise nursing.
LPNs care for clients at all life stages. They provide health care services for the:
Through a combination of further education and experience, LPNs are able to care for clients who have more complex care needs. They work collaboratively with clients, families, groups, communities and other members of the health care team to support safe, competent and ethical care. LPNs work in hospitals, residential care facilities, home and community care, clinics, schools, occupational/industrial health, correctional facilities, complex care and palliative care.
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