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.