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Scope of Practice

The Licensed Practical Nurses Act of Manitoba defines the practice of practical nursing as: 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. 

Manitoba’s LPNs practise as members of interprofessional teams and autonomously. They are fully responsible for the care that 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.

Determining Appropriate LPN Practice

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

Nursing in a Team Environment

The Colleges of Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Registered Psychiatric Nurses of
Manitoba jointly developed a resource document to answer questions about how to best understand the roles of licensed
practical nurses (LPN), registered nurses (RN) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPN) in a specific practice setting. 

Is my position LPN practice?

Are you wondering whether your current position counts towards your LPN practice hour requirement? Are you considering accepting a new position, but unsure whether the role falls within the scope of your profession?