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Licensed Practical Nurses  (NOC 3233)
Red Deer Region
Description |  Titles |  Duties |   Related Occupations

Licensed practical nurses provide nursing care usually under the direction of medical practitioners, registered nurses or other health team members. They are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres, doctors' offices, clinics, companies, private homes and community health centres. Operating room technicians are included in this unit group.

certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.), operating room technician, registered nursing assistant (R.N.A.), registered practical nurse (R.P.N.).

Licensed practical nurses perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Provide nursing services, within defined scope of practice, to patients based on patient assessment and care planning procedures
  • Perform nursing interventions such as taking vital signs, applying aseptic techniques including sterile dressing, ensuring infection control, monitoring nutritional intake and conducting specimen collection
  • Administer medication and observe and document therapeutic effects
  • Provide pre-operative and post-operative personal and comfort care
  • Monitor established respiratory therapy and intravenous therapy
  • Monitor patients' progress, evaluate effectiveness of nursing interventions and consult with appropriate members of healthcare team
  • Provide safety and health education to individuals and their families.
Operating room technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Prepare patients for surgery by washing, shaving and sterilizing the patients' operative areas
  • Assist in surgery by laying out instruments, setting up equipment, assisting surgical teams with gowns and gloves and passing instruments to surgeons
  • Clean and sterilize the operating room and instruments.
Included Cities in Region | Service Canada Offices

Red Deer, Blackfalds, Innisfail, Lacombe, Penhold, Ponoka, Rimbey, Sylvan Lake

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Outlook & Prospects for Licensed Practical Nurses in Red Deer Region

The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.

Local Employment Potential Information

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Table on the employment potential for Licensed Practical Nurses in Red Deer Region as well as in the rest of the Alberta.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Red Deer Region Good   (3 of 3 stars) 2009-12-15

Opportunities are readily available for full-time, casual, part-time and temporary workers. LPN's find employment in acute and community hospitals, long term care facilities, personal care homes, medical clinics, home care, doctors offices, the military and in the community in various capacities. The majority of opportunities are with personal care homes. There are employment opportunities during the summer months for vacation relief workers. Health care delivery has been moving to community based care and long term care from institutionalized care.

In most health care organizations, employers utilize large casual pools of workers to cover for regular employees during vacation times and absenteeism.

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