The Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR)) is seeking participation in the validation survey for their updated Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses. The Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) wants to give stakeholders in Nova Scotia the opportunity to provide feedback regarding this national initiative.
CCPNR is inviting LPNs and other interested stakeholders to participate in the validation survey for their updated Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses. The draft Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses is available for you to review here. The deadline to complete the survey is December 17, 2022.
Your participation is voluntary, the survey is confidential and no personal information will be collected.
Background on the Initiative
In fall 2021, the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) embarked on a project to update its Code of Ethics for LPNs in Canada. The project aims to incorporate current and anticipated changes in health care impacting the regulation of Licensed Practical Nurses in Canada. Throughout 2022, a literature review, key informant interviews and focus groups were undertaken to update the Code of Ethics, with the proposed draft being approved by the Board for consultation and validation in November 2022.
The Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) articulates six fundamental principles that govern LPN practice and inform the LPN’s professional identity. LPNs are held accountable to uphold each of these principles. The principles serve to guide LPNs’ reflections and decision-making across all areas of practice, inform the public about the ethical values and responsibilities of the LPN profession, and convey the profession’s commitment to client safety and public protection.
The Code of Ethics addresses concepts such as cultural humility, respect for the inherent dignity and rights of clients, colleagues and LPNs; promotion of optimal health and well-being; trauma-informed practice and harm reduction; client autonomy and self-determination; care that is competent and safe; and equity of access to care for all clients.
Consultation Next Steps
Feedback received as part of this consultation process will be used to finalize the draft Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses before being approved by the CCPNR's Board for launch in 2023.