RHPA Status Update for LPNs

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) may have heard that registered nurses (RNs) are now governed under The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), as of May 31, 2018. Here are some answers to a few questions you may have.

Are LPNs now regulated under RHPA, like the province’s RNs?
No. The LPN profession will transition to the RHPA at a later date. That date has not yet been determined.

Is my practice as an LPN affected given that RNs are regulated under the RHPA and LPNs are not?
No. As an LPN, your practice and authority is not affected by the RNs’ transition to the RHPA.
You will continue to be governed under The Licensed Practical Nurses Act (LPN Act) and regulated in accordance with the existing standards of your profession.

When will LPNs transition to the RHPA?
The Government of Manitoba has not yet announced when the practical nursing profession will transition to the RHPA. In the meantime, LPNs will continue to be regulated under the LPN Act.  All members of the profession will be notified well in advance of the transition, along with information about what will change and those changes may or may not affect practice.

I’ve heard that the RHPA authorizes RNs to perform certain health care activities defined as “reserved acts.” Does that mean these activities will be “reserved” for the RN profession exclusively, and no other profession will be authorized to perform them?
No. If more than one health profession has the competence to perform an activity defined in the RHPA as a reserved act, the Government of Manitoba may authorize more than one health profession to perform it.

Which reserved acts will be authorized for LPNs when the RHPA takes effect for the practical nursing profession?
This decision has not yet been made. As part of the RHPA transition process, the CLPNM will make recommendations to the Government of Manitoba. These recommendations will be informed by consultations with LPNs, educators, employers and other stakeholders. The CLPNM will identify, in its proposal, the activities that it believes LPNs are performing safely and competently within Manitoba’s health care system today. Ultimately, the Government of Manitoba will decide which reserved acts to authorize for each health profession.

Where can I learn more about the status of the RHPA?
Please visit Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living’s web page on the RHPA.

Where can I learn more about the reserved acts?
You can review the CLPNM’s FAQs on the reserved acts here.

What if I have more questions?
Please contact the CLPNM by email at info@clpnm.ca or by phone at 204-663-1212 or 1-877-663-1212 toll free.