New Code of Ethics effective January 1st, 2024

The CLPNPEI has adopted the Canadian Council of Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses in Canada, 2023 to become the Code of Ethics for LPNs in Prince Edward Island.

The new 2023 Code of Ethics will replace the existing Code of Ethics 2013.

The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), section 33 requires that a Council shall, by resolution, adopt a code of ethics governing the professional conduct of members. Section 2.6 of the College Bylaws states that in all its deliberations, the Council shall be guided by the principal that the protection of the public shall be of prime consideration; and that the CLPNPEI Code of Ethics, as approved by the Council, in accordance with the Act shall be at all times abided by Members and enforced by Council.

The Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses (2023) articulates fundamental principles that govern LPN practice and inform the LPN’s professional identity.  LPNs commit to and are held accountable for upholding the principles, and they serve to:

  • Guide LPNs’ reflections and decision-making across all areas of practice,
  • Inform the public about the ethical values and responsibilities of the LPN profession, and
  • Convey the profession’s commitment to client safety and public protection.

LPNs’ primary responsibility is to the client within the context of a collaborative environment. In addition, LPNs apply the principles within the context of their responsibility to the public, the profession, colleagues, and themselves.  The term “client” refers to an individual (or their designated representative(s), families, and groups).

The six (6) principles state that LPNs will:

  1. promote optimal health and well-being,
  2. provide care that is physically, psychologically, and culturally safe,
  3. provide and advocate for client dignity, autonomy, and self-determination,
  4. develop therapeutic relationships while maintaining professional boundaries,
  5. maintain personal well-being, and,
  6. contribute to a healthy practice environment.

LPNs use the Code of Ethics for LPN Practice in conjunction with professional standards and competencies, organizational policies, and regulatory and legislative requirements that guide their practice and behaviour.  The indicators that accompany each principle describe ethical responsibilities and expected professional conduct in LPN practice. There is no order of priority; collectively, they reflect the LPNs’ overall commitment to providing safe care.

The principles are founded on the following:

  • cultural humility and respect for the inherent dignity and rights of clients, colleagues, and LPNs;
  • the promotion of optimal health and well-being;
  • a commitment to trauma-informed practice and harm reduction;
  • a commitment to contribute to truth and reconciliation through client autonomy and self-determination;
  • care that is competent and safe; and
  • equity of access to care for all clients.

Download a copy of the NEW Code of Ethics which will be effective January 1, 2024.

CLPNPEI Council Appointments and Re-appointments

The CLPNPEI Council is pleased to announce the appointment of the following Councillors to the CLPNPEI Council for an initial three year term.

Paul Lalonde

Paul graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University and obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University. He has practiced law as a management-side labour and employment lawyer for over 20 years and has been a partner at Emond Harnden LLP since 2013.  Paul resides with his family in Stanhope.

Khitam Taha

Khitam was born and raised in Israel. Immediately after finishing high school, she studied Pharmacy and special needs education. A few years into her professional career, she met her husband. The two of them would soon welcome their first child and six more children would follow. She is the proud mother of seven. In 2007, Khitam and her family immigrated to Canada. Adjusting to the new culture and language was difficult but also very rewarding.  In 2011, she felt confident enough with her English and enrolled in the Holland College Practical Nursing program. She graduated in 2013 and started working at Prince County Hospital in the surgical unit. She also took a position as a clinical instructor at Holland College. For over ten years, she has held both positions. She is proud and confident to say that she has dedicated her professional career to the field of nursing. She has also participated on different committees, such as Occupational Health and Safety, and chairperson of the UPSE education committee. A position which she has held for two years. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, visiting her children at their universities, and volunteering for various organizations. such as the “newcomers” organization.

Kacey Lamphier

Kacey graduated from UPEI in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and later from Holland College as a Practical Nurse in 2016. She has worked at both Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Prince County Hospital and is always looking for ways to grow in her career. She’s looking forward to her term as councillor. She currently lives in Lot 16 with her partner and daughter. 

The CLPNPEI Council is also pleased to advise that three CLPNPEI Councillors, Anthony Carroll, Caroline Pardy and Tim Goddard have each been re-appointed for a second, three year term. The CLPNPEI Council is constantly evolving and looks forward to existing, newly appointed and re-appointed Councillors carrying out its work and governing its members in a manner that serves and protects the public interest.

You can find out more about the CLPNPEI Council here

Amendments to the Licensed Practical Nurse Regulations

Effective October 21, 2023, new subsection 18(3) of the Licensed Practical Nurses Regulations authorize a LPN to administer by any means a vaccine prescribed by a person authorized to practise as a pharmacist under the laws of this province. This amendment facilitates the effective utilization of LPNs in further practice environments in Prince Edward Island, enabling even more access to safe competent and ethical healthcare for Islanders. Please click on the link to visit the Licensed Practical Nurse Regulations and refer to Section 18(3).

Licensed Practical Nurse and Paramedic Support Program

Free tuition available for licensed practical nursing and paramedicine students

Island residents looking to pursue a career in health care can receive financial assistance to support their training.

Through the Licensed Practical Nurse and Paramedic Support Program, the Province will subsidize all tuition costs to licensed practical nursing, primary and advanced care paramedicine students graduating as early as December 2023.

Eligible students who receive these tuition subsidies will also be required to complete a two-year return of service agreement upon completion of their training program.

The Department of Workforce, Advanced Learning and Population will also be renewing its partnership with Holland College through the addition of 32 more seats in the licensed practical nursing program, as well as continued full tuition subsidies to resident care worker students.

Since launching the Resident Care Worker Support Program last year, 125 individuals have been supported as part of the Health Care Priorities Pilot Program. Offering more nursing program seats, and continuing to subsidize education costs for RCWs, LPNs and paramedics will help support provincial efforts to recruit and retain students and help build up the Island health care workforce.

Eligible individuals must meet Employment Assistant Services to complete their application for tuition subsidies. Learn more about the Licensed Practical Nurse and Paramedic Support Program.

Quotes:

“By removing financial barriers, we are opening doors for more Island residents to pursue their dreams of entering the health care field as LPNs or paramedics. Through the return in service agreement we are excited to welcome these students into our Island workforce as they graduate, strengthening the health care system in PEI.”
–    Hon. Mark McLane, Minister of Health and Wellness

“Helping our future nurses and paramedics with tuition costs is the kind of investment into the Island workforce we need to make, especially in sectors like health care. If reducing financial barriers to school is what it takes to get more people working, that’s exactly what we will keep doing to train individuals into qualified and skilled workers for Island employers.”
–    Hon. Jenn Redmond, Minister of Workforce, Advanced Learning and Population

“Holland College is proud to work with the Government of PEI to educate and train workers for the health care sector here on PEI. We have partnered with the provincial government on projects like these previously, and we are confident that the graduates of these programs will be ready to tackle the important work of caring for Islanders when they need it most.”
–    Dr Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald, Holland College President

Media contacts:
Samantha Hughes
Department of Health and Wellness
shughes@gov.pe.ca

Vicki Tse
Department of Workforce, Advanced Learning and Population
vickitse@gov.pe.ca  

Greg Arsenault
Director of Marketing and Communications
Holland College
gjarsenault@hollandcollege.com


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Upcoming CCP Audit 2023

The CLPNPEI Continuing Competence Program (CCP) is a formal system assessing the ongoing knowledge, skills and judgment of all members. LPNs meet the requirements for CCP by declaring on their annual renewal form that they have and will continue to develop, implement and reflectively evaluate a learning plan over the upcoming year. Every year, the College randomly selects a number of LPNs in a CCP audit process. If selected for the CCP audit LPNs are required to submit a copy of their learning plan from the previous year (the learning plan completed between April 1 2022 – March 31 2023). During the week of August 14, 2023 the LPNs who have been randomly selected will be notified via email. Please check your email account or log into the CLPNPEI member portal to view the “My Emails” section which keeps a record of all emails sent to LPNs through the member portal. LPNs who have been selected for the audit are given thirty (30) days to submit their documents as this is a retrospective audit (LPNs have indicated their documents have been completed on their renewal forms) For more information related to the Continuing Competence Program please click here

National Nursing Week

National Nursing Week is held each year in May and coincides with Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The theme this year is Our Nurses. Our Future. This theme was developed by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) to showcase the many roles that nurses play in a patient’s healthcare journey. In honour of National Nursing Week, the CLPNPEI Council and staff would like to acknowledge the leadership and continued commitment by LPNs to providing safe, competent and ethical care to Islanders. Their contribution makes a difference in the lives of their clients, families and colleagues.

Thank you to all of PEI’s Nurses for your courage and commitment.

Happy National Nursing Week!

CLPNPEI Council Appointment

The CLPNPEI Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Vollmer, LPN to an initial three-year term to the Council of the CLPNPEI. Jessica brings a broad perspective of practical nursing experience through her previous practice in Ontario as well as her current practice in Prince Edward Island. Jessica is passionate about safe competent care and looks forward to the opportunity to serve Islanders who are receiving care by supporting the College’s mandate to carry out its work and govern its members in a manner that serves and protects the public interest. You can find out more about the CLPNPEI Council here

Continuing Education – Venipuncture

Holland College is offering a Venipuncture course on March 8th from 9-4 pm. 

The course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to obtain a peripheral venous blood sample from adults using syringe and vacutainer systems, at an entry level to practice. This one-day in-person course will consist of half a day of lectures, and a half day of labs followed by an exam. 

This course is first come, first serve and has limited seating interested people are advised to register early. 

The cost of this course is $400.00 + HST. Please note, this course is only eligible for LPNs or RNs. 

For additional questions, please contact:

Emma Murray

Customized Training Coordinator

Holland College

902-566-9372

customizedtraining@hollandcollege.com

Survey: Feedback on updated LPNCode of Ethics

The validation survey for the updated Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses is now open.

Please respond by December 18, 2022.

The consultation and validation survey provides an opportunity for all Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and interested stakeholders to anonymously share their views on the proposed draft. The feedback will be used to finalize the document before being approved by the CCPNR’s Board for launch in 2023.

The Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) articulates six fundamental principles that govern LPN practice and inform the LPN’s professional identity. LPNs are held accountable to uphold each of these principles. The principles serve to guide LPNs’ reflections and decision-making across all areas of practice, inform the public about the ethical values and responsibilities of the LPN profession, and convey the profession’s commitment to client safety and public protection. (For the purposes of this document, in Ontario the term “licensed practical nurse” also refers to “registered practical nurse.”)

The Code of Ethics addresses concepts such as cultural humility, respect for the inherent dignity and rights of clients, colleagues and LPNs; promotion of optimal health and well-being; trauma-informed practice and harm reduction; client autonomy and self-determination; care that is competent and safe; and equity of access to care for all clients.

THE PROJECT

In 2021, CCPNR embarked to update its Code of Ethics:

  • A literature review, key informant interviews, and focus groups collected rich information.
  • LPNs in many areas of practice and roles were invited to reflect individually and in small groups on ethical decision-making in everyday practice in communities across Canada.
  • Representatives of some associations specific to LPN practice areas also participated in consultations.

TAKE SURVEY

Updated cut scores/benchmark levels for the currently accepted CELBAN and IELTS English Language Proficiency Tests

In November 2022, the CNRC (Canadian Nurse Regulators Collaborative) updated cut scores for the CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses) and IELTS Academic ( International English Language Testing System).

The new cut scores better reflect the language demands expected of nurses at the entry-level to practice in Canada. For more information you can read a full press release from CNRC here

The CLPNPEI has updated our policy to immediately reflect the new cut scores

Upcoming CCP Audit August 2022

The CLPNPEI Continuing Competence Program (CCP) is a formal system assessing the ongoing knowledge, skills and judgment of all members. LPNs meet the requirements for CCP by declaring on their annual renewal form that they have and will continue to develop, implement and reflectively evaluate a learning plan over the upcoming year. Every year, the College randomly selects a number of LPNs in a CCP audit process. If selected for the CCP audit LPNs are required to submit a copy of their learning plan from the previous year. During the week of August 8, 2022 the LPNs who have been randomly selected will be notified via email. Please check your email account or log into the CLPNPEI member portal to view the “My Emails” section which keeps a record of all emails sent to LPNs through the member portal. LPNs who have been selected for the audit are given thirty (30) days to submit their documents as this is a retrospective audit (LPNs have indicated their documents have been completed on their renewal forms) For more information related to the Continuing Competence Program please click here

National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week is held each year in May and coincides with Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The theme this year is #WeAnswerTheCall and was developed by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) to showcase the many roles that nurses play in a patient’s healthcare journey. In honour of Nurses Week, the CLPNPEI would like to acknowledge the leadership and continued commitment by LPNs to providing safe, competent and ethical care to Islanders during the public health emergency while balancing the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on their own lives. Their contribution makes a difference in the lives of their clients, families and colleagues.

Thank you to all of PEI’s Nurses for continuing to answer the call.

Happy National Nurses Week

New 2020 Standards of Practice for LPNs in Canada

*NEW* 2020 Standards of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses in Canada

Standards of Practice are authoritative statements that define the legal and professional expectations of the LPNs practice. In conjunction with the Code of Ethics, they describe the elements of quality LPN practice and facilitate mobility through inter-jurisdictional mutual understanding and agreement of expectations and requirements for practice. This document also serves as a guide for curriculum development and for public and employer awareness of the practice expectations of the LPN. 

Recognizing the need to update its 2013 Standards of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) tasked its Inquiry and Discipline and Practice Consultants ad-hoc groups to update the 2013 standards.  

The updated Standards of Practice were validated by the LPN community and key stakeholder groups in the Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. They were approved for adoption by the Boards of the respective regulatory authorities. 

In March 2021 the CLPNPEI adopted the 2020 Standards of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses which come into effect August, 2021. 

All LPNs should review this document and take time to assess their practice against expectations. The Standards of Practice is one document that is used when assessing competence and conduct. 

*New* 2020 Standards of Practice for LPNs in Canada

New Practice Directive – Documentation Standards

The CLPNPEI has collaborated with the College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island (CRNPEI) to develop a new practice directive about documentation Standards. CLPNPEI’s practice directives provide practical nurses, employers, and the general public with information regarding the professional accountability and expectations of practical nurses in Prince Edward Island.  They reflect relevant legislation and are designed to help practical nurses understand their responsibilities and legal obligations, so they can make safe and ethical nursing decisions. To find out more about the new practice directive click on the link below;

Documentation Standards

Wellness Together Canada-Mental Health Resources for people of all ages

During Mental Health Week (May 3-9) Health Canada Atlantic Region have reached out with some important resources. Please feel free to spread the word!

More than a year after the implementation of public health measures, the COVID-19 pandemic is still causing stress and uncertainty to individuals and families across the country. If you or a loved one is going through a difficult time or if you are looking for resources to improve or nurture your well-being, please visit the Wellness Together Canada portal.

Through this service, individuals of all ages can access supports ranging from self-assessment and peer support, to sessions with social workers, psychologists and other professionals. Specialized supports for specific populations such as youth and frontline workers are also available.

Online mental health and substance use supports offered by the portal are free and confidential, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in English and French, and over the phone for those without internet access. With simultaneous interpretation available, it is possible to have consultation sessions by phone in more than 200 languages and dialects.