NAPE calls for review of LPN’s salaries

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NAPE president Carol Furlong. — File photo

A lack of recognition by the provincial government for the changing role of licenced practical nurses (LPN) is creating an untenable situation for LPNs, the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) said today.

NAPE president Carol Furlong said in a news release that the College of Licensed Practical Nurses, which is the regulatory authority for LPNs, has verified that due to the addition of various competencies to the LPN Scope of Practice in Newfoundland and Labrador, there has been a significant increase in the LPN responsibility in their professional nursing role.

“Changes in training, duties and responsibilities compliant with their expanded Scope of Practice warrant an occupational review for LPNs,” Furlong said.

“We are confident that such a review would result in an upward adjustment of their salaries to reflect their enhanced nursing role. LPNs, their regulatory body, and their union are all saying the same thing on this issue. The government cannot continue to ignore this fact. NAPE is calling on government to immediately initiate an occupational review of LPNs in light of their expanded nursing role.”

Some of the competencies added to the Practical Nurse program and to their duties include: initiation of IVs; assessing and monitoring clients with central venous catheters; initiating, assessing, monitoring and managing hypodermoclysis; administering IV medications (excluding IV push); preparing and administering immunological agents; initiating blood transfusions; assessing and reviewing lab values and clinical data; enhancing and promoting mediation safety; and participating in risk-management activities.

Organizations: College of Licensed Practical Nurses, Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Jeff
    November 27, 2012 - 15:36

    Well stated SMARTYPANTS. LPNs are an incredibly valuable part of the Healthcare system. I work with a company that provides services to regulated professions across Canada, including the LPNs of several provinces. The following is a video developed by the LPN's in Alberta that describes what LPNs there can do as part of their scope of practice: One thing to be aware of - Home Care Workers (also known as Personal Support Workers or Continuing Care Assistants) in some provinces do indeed have Continuing Competence requirements in some provinces - Newfoundland may not be one of them yet - as PSWs are loosely regulated across Canada. FRANCID - you might want to do a little research first.

  • Foghorn Leghorn
    November 25, 2012 - 14:37

    They should take a long look at what they wish for before pushing for higher wages. There is no doubt that due to the high increases in nurse's salary scale is the main reason why many former nurse's duties have been downloaded to LPN'S. Hence more LPN'S have been hired and fewer nurses. Living proof that you can actually price yourself out of a job!

    November 23, 2012 - 20:22


    • informed
      November 26, 2012 - 18:07

      You should check your facts lpns do a lot longer than 10 month course plus they have to do continuing education. Next time you or family member is hospitalized check the nurses name tag giving your meds prob ally gonna say lpn!!!!

    • Smartypants
      November 27, 2012 - 11:43

      Dear 'Francid': I am an LPN working in NL. I do not do the 'same thing as a home care worker'. I am a trained licensed professional, with a 2 year college diploma. NOT a ten month trade. I work in a unit alongside RN's; I am responsible for the same number of patients as they are, I give meds as they do, administer I.V. therapy as they do, transcribe orders as they do and do doctor's rounds as they do, but get paid half the salary. In my time off I do extra training to keep up with the growing number of responsibilities that are being added to our scope of practice. A home care worker has NO educational requirements. Did you know that LPN's work in the O.R.? Did you know that LPN's perform autopsies? Did you know that LPN's work as community health nurses? Sure, just like a home care worker hey? No disrespect to home care workers, but comparing an LPN to a home care worker is like comparing apples and oranges. My dear 'Francid', if you were that concerned about your tax dollars being misspent, I am sure there are a lot more places in government on which to fix your gaze, other than on those who provide professional, hands on care to our citizens. So, the next time you need sutures removed, or need I.V. antibiotics prepared and administered, or your child needs an immunization, I am sure that you could confidently ask your nearest home care worker to do that for you. After all, LPN's and home care workers are 'the same thing'...right?