PN Canada collaborates with CNA on important initiatives

Practical Nurses of Canada has been a member of CNA – Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties since 2013. PN Canada has been an active member of CNA Specialty Group sitting on advisory committees, attending Leadership workshops and participants on publications on behalf of nursing;

PN Canada represents LPN members at the national level since 1974, and continue to advocate for the Licensed/Registered Practical Nurses now in collaboration with Registered Nurses and other Nursing Specialties. As partners in the health care profession we were invited to represent LPN/RPNs on the CNA Committee for the Code of Ethics that was due to be revised this year. We joined the working group in late 2015, meeting regularly updating and enhancing this document by bringing the essence of our practice “nursing” in the truest form common language, values and belief which is the foundation of nursing.

As per the International Council of Nurses, a code of ethics is a guide for action based on social values and needs. The CNA Code serves to reinforce the important aspects of nursing practice and supports a climate of collaboration critical to nursing in Canada.

The CNA Code is a statement of the ethical values of nurses and of nurses’ commitments to persons with health-care needs and persons receiving care. It is intended for nurses in all contexts and domains of nursing practice and at all levels of decision-making. It is developed by nurses for nurses and can assist nurses in practicing ethically and working through ethical challenges that arise in their practice with individuals, families, communities and systems.

Although both RN and LPNs require three separate functions of regulation, collective agreements and advocacy for members and society they also have overlapping functions that serve to enhance the voice of nursing.

For RNs, LPNs and RPNs there are separate standards of practice, some of which may overlap with professional codes of ethics, such as the CNA Code. Professional Associations, which are not responsible for regulatory functions, should and must develop codes of ethics that hold the values and aspirations of nurses without the need to create ethical responsibility statements with disciplinary action in mind.

This is not, and should not be, problematic since the regulatory bodies will seek to develop enforceable standards that are important for the protection of the public.

This document has been sent out several times for stakeholder feedback and is in the final phase of consultation. If you are interested please contact:

About Practical Nurses Canada (PN Canada)

Practical Nurses Canada (PN Canada), incorporated in 1975, is the national association representing provincial/territorial licensed practical nurse organizations and affiliated individuals from across Canada.

PN Canada encourages all licensed practical nurses to appreciate the unique opportunity they have in preserving the person-to-person contact in health care delivery.

Collaboration: developing relationships with all healthcare stakeholders

Accountability: responsibility for decisions, effective management of resources, honesty and integrity in what we do

Respect: decisions and relationships reflect compassion, caring and understanding

Excellence: striving for excellence in practical nursing, through leadership and evidence-based competency and innovation