The Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN) is given the authority and responsibility to regulate Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in Saskatchewan by the Licensed Practical Nurses Act 2000. The purpose of regulation is to protect the public from practitioners who are unqualified, incompetent or unethical by approving education, ensuring competent practice, preventing poor practice and intervening in cases of unacceptable practice.
The Act authorizes Practical Nursing to be a self-regulating nursing profession and establishes a Council to oversee the regulation of the profession. The SALPN Council consists of seven elected LPNs, three government appointed public representatives and the Executive Director, who is hired by Council.
The SALPN registers and issues licenses to LPNs from within the province or outside the province/country who meet the entry to practice requirements as set out for the profession. Anyone practising as an LPN in Saskatchewan must hold a current Practising License or Graduate Practical Nurse license to practice.
It is the duty of SALPN at all times:
- to serve and protect the public, and
- to exercise its powers and discharge responsibilities in the public interest and not in the interest of the membership.
The objectives of SALPN are:
- to regulate the practice of the profession and govern the members in accordance with the Act and the bylaws; and
- to assure the public of the knowledge, skill, proficiency, and competency of the members in the practice of practical nursing.