The Licensed Practical Nurses Act (LPN Act) and Regulations provide the legal framework for the profession of practical nursing in Manitoba. They grant CLPNM its authority to regulate practical nurses in the interest of the public.
In accordance with the LPN Act, CLPNM is authorized to maintain a register of practical nurses, establish entry-to-practice requirements, establish standards of education, develop standards and codes to guide the profession, ensure continuing competence, and oversee the conduct of practical nurses.
The LPN Act also grants the Board of Directors the authority to make By-laws to govern the affairs of CLPNM.
The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) is umbrella legislation that will eventually govern all regulated health professions in Manitoba. It does not yet apply to practical nursing, but soon will. CLPNM has begun the processes necessary to transition to the RHPA. In the interim, the LPN Act will continue to govern the profession. Read more about the RHPA here.