Clarification of the LPN Reference in the CNA Draft Code of Ethics

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) has drafted a document entitled  Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses. This document was created with input from RNs across Canada and LPN members of PN Canada which is made up of the PN associations from Ontario and British Columbia.

The College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) as a member of CNA, has been seeking input regarding this draft document from RNs and NPs across the province. The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS, or the College) supports CRNNS participation in this consultation activity. However, recognizing there may be questions regarding the LPNs’ role in the consultation process, the College offers the following statement.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia is the regulator of LPN practice in Nova Scotia. CLPNNS is a member of the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) and not a member of the Canadian Nurses Association. The College has not been consulted nor provided input into CNA’s proposed document.

The Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators developed a Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses in Canada.  This document was adopted for use by LPNs in Nova Scotia by the CLPNNS Board of Directors in 2013. The development or implementation of CNA’s proposed Code of Ethics will not change, alter or minimize LPNs’ ongoing accountability to consistently meet the practice expectations as outlined in this document.

If you have any questions, please call Douglas Bungay, Director of Professional Practice and Policy, College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia & Acting Director Practice, Policy and Legislative Services, College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia at 902.491.9744, Ext. 242 or Toll-free (NS) 1.800.565.9744, Ext. 242.

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