Scope of Practice

The practice of practical nursing is the provision of nursing services for the purpose of assessing and treating health conditions, promoting health, preventing illness, and assisting individuals, families and groups to achieve an optimal state of health.
(Section 2, Licensed Practical Nurses Act of Manitoba, 2001)

Manitoba’s LPNs practice as members of interprofessional teams and autonomously. They are fully responsible for the care they provide.

LPN practice in Manitoba is also guided by:

Each individual nurse’s scope of practice is also influenced by employer policies and the nurse’s individual competencies.

The CLPNM often receives questions about whether a practice environment, role or specific nursing activity is appropriate for Manitoba’s Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). The following document sets out the decision-making process that must be applied when these questions arise.

Determining Appropriate LPN Practice