Licensed Practical Nurse Canada

The licensed practical nurse Canada encompasses Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) who care for the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled under the direction of registered nurses or physicians.   

The licensed practical nurse Canada includes but is not limited to basic bedside care, taking vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. They also prepare and give injections and enemas, monitor catheters, apply dressings, treat bedsores, and give alcohol rubs and massages. LPNs monitor their patients and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments. They collect samples for testing, perform routine laboratory tests, feed patients, and record food and fluid intake and output. To help keep patients comfortable, LPNs assist with bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene.

In addition to providing routine bedside care, LPNs in nursing care facilities (nursing homes) help to evaluate residents’ needs, develop care plans, and supervise the care provided by nursing aides. In doctors’ offices and clinics, they also may make appointments, keep records, and perform other clerical duties. LPNs who work in private homes may prepare meals and teach family members simple nursing tasks.

Working Conditions for Licensed Practical Nurse Canada
Most licensed practical nurses in hospitals and nursing care facilities work a 35-hour week, but because patients need round-the-clock care, some work nights, weekends, and holidays. They often stand for long periods and help patients move in bed, stand, or walk.

LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses) are often engaged in very physically demanding work as well as exposed to chemical and environmental hazards such as hepatitis and other infectious diseases. 

 Licensed Practical Nurse Canada Training and Qualifications
Most Licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses attend a vocational program offered through a community college or a vocational school.  Many schools of nursing require additional prerequisites such as anatomy & physiology, biology and/or organic chemistry with the idea being that many LPN or LVN students will go on to become registered nurses.
Practical nursing programs last about 1 year and include both classroom study and supervised clinical practice (patient care). Classroom study covers basic nursing concepts and patient care-related subjects, including anatomy, physiology, medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics, obstetrics, psychiatric nursing, and the administration of drugs. Clinical practice usually is in a hospital, but sometimes includes other settings

Licensing and Credentials
In all Canadian Provinces and Territories the nursing profession is regulated. Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses are required to take a licensing exam. 

Once they successfully pass the exam they must apply for registration or licensure as a licensed practical nurse.

Socialized Medicine
In Canada, Socialized Medicine makes sure that all Canadian citizens are assured medical care for themselves and their family under the Canadian health care system.  This health care program provides Canadians preventative, as well as daily medical care from doctors. This ensures all Canadian citizens access to good medical and health care. Nearly all Canadian citizens, regardless of income or medical history qualify for this unique medical care.

Significant Points
The number of licensed practical nurse Canada positions in acute care have declined as increasing complexity of care has shifted the positions towards being registered nurses.

Rapid employment growth is projected in other health care industries, with the best job opportunities occurring in nursing care facilities and in home health care services.
Replacement needs will be a major source of job openings, as many workers leave the occupation permanently.

LPNs should have a caring, sympathetic nature. They should be emotionally stable because working with the sick and injured can be stressful. They also should have keen observational, decision-making, and communication skills. As part of a health care team, they must be able to follow orders and work under close supervision.

Advancement - chances for promotion
In some employment settings, such as nursing homes, LPNs can advance to become charge nurses who oversee the work of other LPNs and of nursing aides. Some LPNs also choose to become registered nurses through numerous LPN-to-RN training programs.  Others choose to go into healthcare administration.