LPNs have been a part of the Prince Edward Island healthcare system for more than 60 years. Initially, LPNs were called Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNA). In the early 90’s the name changed to LPN. Since then, comprehensive changes to basic education and continuing education have contributed to new and unique opportunities for LPNs on the Island. Who are LPNs?
LPNs are professional nurses regulated under the Prince Edward Island Licensed Practical Nursing Act
. They work within their own scope of practice, standards of practice and code of ethics. LPNs and RNs (Registered Nurses) are the two categories of nursing professionals involved in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care. LPNs study from the same body of nursing knowledge as RNs focusing on the foundational knowledge. Through their initial education, LPNs develop the knowledge, skill, judgment and ability to contribute in all phases of the continuum of care from prevention to acute treatment and palliative care. ASI - Assessment Strategies Inc.
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ASI provides the national exams for both RNs and LPNs.http://www.asinc.caEducation
LPNs on Prince Edward Island graduate from a two year college diploma program. Holland College
offers the only Practical Nursing Program
on Prince Edward Island. The program provides 2021 instructional hours including 1005 hours of theoretical instruction and 1016 of clinical/lab experience. Qualifying graduates may apply to the: Bachelor of Science in Nursing program
at the University of Prince Edward Island
and receive the equivalent of eight university credits (one year) towards their degree. Bachelor of Applied Management
at the University of New Brunswick
allows students to receive the equivalent of sixteen university credits (two years) towards their degree.