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Things to Know About Becoming a Licensed/Registered Practical Nurse in Canada

In Canada, nursing is a profession with three regulated nursing groups: registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs, or registered practical nurses-RPN-in Ontario) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) in the western provinces. The main differences between RNs and LPNs are the breadth and depth of their education: for example, the length of their programs, their legislation and the procedures they are permitted to perform on patients. Registered psychiatric nurses specialize in the field of mental health and work mainly in Canada's western provinces.

Licensed practical nurses and registered practical nurses are regulated health-care professionals who work in partnership with other members of the health-care team to provide nursing services to individuals, families and groups of all ages. LPNs assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for clients throughout the life cycle and through palliative stages. There are approximately 75,000 licensed practical nurses in Canada, representing the second largest regulated health profession in the country after registered nurses.

 



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Things to know about working as a Licensed Practical Nurse/Registered Practical Nurse in Canada

Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia
College of LPNs of Newfoundland & Labrador
College of Nurses of Ontario
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba
Licensed Practical Nurses Registration Board of Prince Edward Island
Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers auxiliaires du Québec
Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan


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The Employer’s Perspective





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