LPNs are Self-Regulating Professionals

LPNs belong to one of 22 regulatory colleges under the Health Professions Act. Government has given LPNs the privilege and responsibility of self-regulation. What this means is that you, as LPNs, are in the best position to regulate the profession because you understand practical nursing best given your specialized knowledge. Self-regulation is effective as long as CLPNBC is true to its mandate of regulating LPNs in the public interest.

CLPNBC’s Board and committees are composed of LPN registrants and members of the public. Public participation is necessary to ensure that the profession remains accountable to the public. CLPNBC regulates LPNs in a number of ways:

  1. It sets standards for LPN education and practice by
    • recognizing practical nurse education programs that will equip future LPNs with the fundamentals they need to practice safely
    • ensuring that all registrants are qualified and competent by maintaining a current registry
    • ensuring safe, competent and ethical nursing practice by setting standards of practice that every LPN must meet
    • promoting high practice standards for all registrants
  2. It supports LPNs in meeting standards through
    • resources and opportunities
    • nursing practice consultation
  3. It takes action when standards are not met by
    • processing complaints from clients, employers, colleagues followed by thorough investigation procedures