Who We Are

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM) is the professional regulatory body for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in Manitoba.  Our role includes: 

  • Establishing standards for practical nursing education programs in Manitoba to ensure LPNs entering the profession have the knowledge, judgment and skills they need for their roles. 
  • Granting licences to Manitoba’s practical nurses, which includes evaluating each application for initial or renewed registration against the criteria for the profession. 
  • Establishing professional standards and guidelines so that Manitobans can expect professional, competent, compassionate, ethical, and safe care from LPNs. 
  • Overseeing the practice and conduct of practical nurses in Manitoba, which includes receiving and investigating complaints, and if necessary, taking action to protect the public. 

Please note: the CLPNM is not an educational institution. If you are seeking information about practical nursing education programs in Manitoba, please contact one of the institutions listed here.

Land Acknowledgement

The CLPNM acknowledges that we regulate the practical nursing profession in the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), Ininew (Cree), Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene, Inuit, and Métis Nations.

The CLPNM office is located on Treaty 1 Territory, the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe) Ininew (Cree), and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

We express our sincere gratitude for their welcome to settlers and newcomers and recognize the true spirit and intent of all treaties signed in what is now Manitoba, which was to share and care for the land for as long as the sun shines, grass grows, and rivers flow.

We acknowledge the harms, both past and present, and the systemic discrimination Indigenous peoples have experienced due to colonialism.

We are committed to working with and learning from all Indigenous peoples to identify ways we can decolonize our policies and practices, and to improve health outcomes for everyone as we strive toward cultural humility.

The CLPNM would like to thank Kris Desjarlais – Director of Indigenous Education at Assiniboine Community College – for his input and guidance in creating this land acknowledgement

How We Work

In all of our work, we are guided by our duty to serve and protect the public interest. This duty is set out in Manitoba’s Licensed Practical Nurses Act. At the same time, we acknowledge that we operate within a broader, balanced framework of legislation and principles which provide for regulation that is in the public interest, but which is also fair and reasonable.

The CLPNM is committed to incorporating the principles of Right-Touch Regulation into its regulatory decision-making processes. Right-Touch Regulation calls for an approach to regulation that is proportionate, consistent, targeted, transparent, accountable and agile.

The CLPNM is also committed to collaborating with stakeholders including government organizations, educators, employers and other professional regulators.

The CLPNM is a member of the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators, the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety, and the Manitoba Alliance of Health Regulatory Colleges.

Find out more about the role of Manitoba’s health regulators by watching this video.

Protecting the public through fair, consistent and effective nursing regulation