Alberta expanding duties licenced practical nurses can peform

The Alberta government is expanding the duties that licenced practical nurses are allowed to perform.

It’s amending professional regulations to allow the province’s 16,000 LPN’s to administer blood, provide intravenous nutrition and medication by invasive procedures, and to dispense certain drugs starting February 1, 2020.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says the move is part of the government’s efforts to strengthen the health system.

“”Our government is committed to strengthening our health system, and one key way to do that is to allow licensed practical nurses and other health professionals to practise to the full extent of their competence and training,” said Shandro.

The government says the new duties will align with those in other Canadian jurisdictions.

“This is a great day for Albertans and for licensed practical nurses. Enhanced nursing care from an optimized LPN profession will increase quality, continuity and efficiency, and better serve Albertans,” said Valerie Paice, LPN and president, College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta.