EDMONTON, Jan. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)
employed in nursing grew 29% in Alberta in a five year period, yet the
province has the second lowest number of LPNs per population of any
Canadian jurisdiction and fewer than half work full time. These
statistics are according to the annual report on nursing workforce
trends from 2007-2011 by the Canadian Institute for Health Information
(CIHI) released January 10.
"Alberta's LPNs are highly educated, and have one of the most advanced
scopes of practice in Canada, so we're pleased to see the number
employed has increased nearly 30% in five years, though this report
shows they are under-employed compared to other provinces," states
Linda Stanger, Executive Director of the College of Licensed Practical
Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).
There were 204 LPNs per 100,000 population in Alberta in 2011, 17% lower
than the Canadian average of 245. 44% of Alberta LPNs worked full-time,
while the national average for all nursing professionals is 57%. LPNs
working full-time have consistently fallen short of national averages
since at least 2007. Alberta LPNs remain some of the youngest nursing
professionals with the average age of 42 years compared to 44.8 years
"Since most LPNs are working part time, we see an untapped capacity for
increasing the hours of already employed nurses to ease current
pressures on Alberta's health care system," Stanger emphasizes.
CIHI reports that direct patient care is the responsibility of 97% of
Alberta's licensed practical nurses.
"Patients deserve excellence in bedside nursing, and that's the forte of
the LPN profession. Increased growth supports increased quality of care
for Albertans," shares Jo-Anne Mcdonald-Watson, President of the CLPNA.
Licensed practical nurses in Alberta graduate from a two-year diploma in
practical nursing offered at the college level and are one of three
regulated nursing professions in Alberta.
The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is the
regulatory (licensing) organization for Alberta's 10,000 Licensed
Practical Nurses (LPNs). CLPNA regulates the profession by setting
entry-to-practice requirements, establishing, promoting and enforcing
standards for registration, practice, and professional conduct.
SOURCE: College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
For further information:
Linda Stanger, Executive Director/Registrar
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
13163 146 Street
Edmonton AB T5L 4S8