Watch: Government expands role of LPNs

Health Minister Tyler Shandro revealed that licensed practical nurses (LPNs) will see the scope of their jobs expand, effective Feb. 1, 2020.

Nurses in the profession work in settings like hospitals, urgent care centres and community clinics.

Among the procedures LPNs will be newly allowed to conduct under include completing blood transfusions, administering an intravenous or central venous line and providing ultrasounds.

LPNs have different responsibilities and training from registered nurses (RNs). In Alberta, LPNs graduate from a two-year diploma program, while RNs complete a four-year degree.

-with files from Jason Herring