Meadow Lake Progress,
Thu Jul 19 2012
Byline: RICHARD MCGUIRE, MEADOW LAKE PROGRESS
The local health region is looking into the way it uses Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to see whether there is consistency within the region and whether nurses are able to work to the extent their training allows.
David Fan, CEO of Prairie North Health Region (PNHR) made a commitment to examine standardization of LPN practice following a recent presentation by the union representing the nurses.
Brian Manegre, president of CUPE Local 5111 and Val Spencer, an LPN in Turtleford, spoke at the PNHR's board meeting June 27 in North Battleford about a report suggesting the skills of LPNs are underused.
The report titled Full Utilization of Licensed Practical Nurses: A Practical Solution to the Nursing Shortage says a 2010 survey of LPNs found that only half of employers in the province fully use the nursing skills of the LPNs.
"This is like training journeyman plumbers, but only allowing them to fix leaky faucets," the report by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) says.