CLPNM is preparing for the LPN profession to transition to governance under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). The RHPA will replace the laws dealing with each regulated health profession in stages and will eventually bring all regulated health professions under one umbrella act.
The RHPA does not yet apply to LPNs, and the Government of Manitoba has not yet confirmed a transition date. Practical nursing in Manitoba will continue to be governed by The Licensed Practical Nurses Act (LPN Act) and its Regulation until they are replaced by the RHPA.
The Reserved Acts
Twenty-one categories of health care activities are listed in the legislation as “reserved acts.” These are activities that could pose significant risk or possible harm to the public if performed by someone without the necessary competence and skill. Examples of reserved acts are: prescribing drugs, cutting into tissue, and applying a form of energy for diagnosis (X-rays, CT scans).
A health profession may be granted the authority to perform a reserved act if it can demonstrate that its registrants are competent to do so. Many of the reserved acts can be performed by more than one profession and not all professions will be granted reserved acts.
As part of the transition to the RHPA, the CLPNM will be required to make a submission to the Government of Manitoba outlining the reserved acts that fall within the scope of practice of Manitoba’s LPNs. The CLPNM’s proposal will be based on information about LPN education, current practice, competencies and skills. The Government will consider the CLPNM’s proposal, along with input it receives from other stakeholders (e.g. employers, educators, members of the public, and organizations that regulate or represent other professions), and will ultimately decide which reserved acts to authorize for the practical nursing profession under the RHPA.
More information about the RHPA and the reserved acts is available on the Government of Manitoba’s website, here.
For a status update on the CLPNM’s transition to the RHPA, see here.
View a list of the reserved acts here.
View the CLPNM’s Frequently Asked Questions on the reserved acts for LPNs here.
Input from LPNs and stakeholders will be important throughout the RHPA transition process. Please contact us with questions or to share related information about LPN practice at 204-663-1212, 1-877-663-1212 toll free, or firstname.lastname@example.org.