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.

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.

Determining Appropriate LPN Practice

Manitoba’s three nursing regulators frequently receive questions about how to best understand the roles and scope of practice of licensed practical nurses (LPN), registered nurses (RN) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPN) in a specific practice setting. With that in mind, the three regulators set out to provide a common framework for this discussion through the consideration of several factors that underpin effective collaboration between health care professionals including the client.

Nursing in a Team Environment

The context for and purpose of this new resource document is described in more detail in a joint statement issued by the executives of Manitoba’s three nursing regulatory colleges. Review the joint statement here.