The Licensed Practical Nurse is responsible for providing professional nursing care and services to promote health and healing to assigned residents following the Professional Standards of Practice for LPNs in BC. The LPN works in partnership with Registered Nurses, Registered Psychiatric Nurses, other health professionals, family members, and others. The LPN directs and supervises the care aides in their provision of resident services.
Among their many duties they plan for the physical, psychological, and social care of the residents, by participating in a multi-disciplinary approach to care; provide direct nursing care, such as assisting with toileting, bathing, feeding, dressing, grooming, oral hygiene and care of skin/nails. They also perform medical treatments and procedures such as catheterizations, dressings (sterile and non-sterile), administration of medications, blood pressures and temperature/pulse/respiration; receive physicians’ orders, arranges for treatment, medication and other therapeutic services and develop appropriate nursing care plans in conjunction with interdisciplinary team and sets goals with resident in relation to problems/needs as identified through assessments.
LPN’s are graduates from a licensed recognized program for Licensed Practical Nurse and/or Orderlies and Orderlies and hold a valid B.C. Licensed Practical Nurse license.
They also bring to the job the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; are great at organization and dealing effectively with other, are able to operate related equipment and have the physical ability to carry out resident care.