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NOC Code: NOC Code: 3233 Occupation: Licensed Practical Nurses
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
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. 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.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Text Reading Text 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Computer Use Computer Use 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3


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Reading Text
  • Read instructions, precautions and implications on medication packaging. (1)
  • Scan short notes and messages, e.g. read brief text in communication logs, patient files, email and patients' charts to get details of needed care. (1)
  • Review information on patients' charts, e.g. read observations written on patients' charts by other health professionals to learn about changes in conditions or prescribed care. (2)
  • Read short comments in a variety of forms, e.g. read brief text descriptions of patients' conditions, reasons for treatment and any other relevant information on admission, assessment and treatment consent forms. (2)
  • Read short memos, e.g. read memos from department heads to learn about changes to visiting hours. (2)
  • Read and interpret physicians' orders, e.g. read orders from physicians to learn about treatments, medications, admissions and discharge planning. (3)
  • Read a variety of policy and procedure manuals, e.g. read policy manuals to learn about the care to be provided to patients and how to respond to medical emergencies. (3)
  • Read articles in bulletins, newsletters and other publications from provincial and national nursing organizations to keep abreast of nursing practices and standards. (3)
  • Read care plans, e.g. read multi-page care plans to learn about treatment objectives and activities for patients. (3)
  • Read technical information contained in nursing care reference manuals and journals, e.g. read the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties to learn about the use and effects of drugs on patient care. (4)
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Writing
  • Write reminders and short notes, e.g. write short notes to remind co-workers of tasks and activities that must be performed during the next shift. (1)
  • Write comments and behavioural observations on a variety of forms, e.g. write descriptions of patients' physical and mental conditions, behavioural concerns and dietary limitations in forms, such as nursing care plans. (2)
  • Write orders to record the service delivery requests made by registered nurses and other health team members. (2)
  • Write daily logs, e.g. licensed practical nurses in community settings write log entries to record the details of health care visits. (2)
  • Write multi-page care plans to outline the care needed to resolve patients' medical issues and support their recovery. (3)
  • Write unusual incident reports to record events, such as patient falls, medication errors and injuries. (3)
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Document Use
  • Observe symbols and icons on products, packaging and equipment, e.g. observe symbols on packaging to determine the risk of bio-hazards. (1)
  • Scan labels on medications to verify patients' names, dosages, administration schedules, ingredients and reconstitution instructions. (1)
  • Complete a variety of forms, e.g. complete tracking forms to record patients' vital signs, behaviours and their daily activities. (2)
  • Study assembly drawings, e.g. study assembly drawings to learn how to adjust the fit of specialized wheelchairs. (2)
  • Locate and enter data in a variety of charts, tables and schedules, e.g. enter data, such as tasks, times, dates, hours and quantities, in electronic heath care records. (3)
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Computer Use
  • Operate hand-held scanners to determine vital signs, such as body temperature, blood pressure and blood glucose levels. (1)
  • Use spreadsheets to record numerical information, such as patients' vital signs. (1)
  • Use time management software to track the amount of time spent with patients and report hours worked. (2)
  • Use the Internet to locate health-related information on medical websites. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by suppliers, employers and trainers. (2)
  • Operate digital tools, such as intravenous pumps, by imputing data, such as rates of flow. (2)
  • Use specialized health care administration databases to enter the names of clients, locations visited and the durations of treatment. (2)
  • Enter information into journal databases to record your activities. (2)
  • Use word processing software to write short procedures and reports. (2)
  • Use communications software to exchange email and attachments with other members of the health care team. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Listen for ringing bells, intravenous pump alarms and patients calling for assistance. (1)
  • Greet and converse with patients and family members. (1)
  • Exchange information collaboratively with co-workers about a variety of operational matters, e.g. speak with supervisors to co-ordinate activities, report on the condition of patients and clarify ambiguous orders. (2)
  • Converse with patients and family using therapeutic communication skills, e.g. talk with clients and family members to learn about their concerns, obtain information, lend support and explain medical procedures. (2)
  • Provide detailed instructions, e.g. explain to clients and their caregivers how to change dressings and self-administer injections of medication, such as insulin. (3)
  • Provide clear information and listen to detailed instructions during medical emergencies, such as patients in cardiac arrest. (3)
  • Participate in meetings, e.g. take part in group discussions about how to maintain safe work conditions. (3)
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Money Math
  • Calculate reimbursement for travel to clients' residences, medical appointments and health facilities. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Count respiration and heart rate in beats per minute. (1)
  • Take a variety of measurements, e.g. measure patients' height, weight and vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature. (1)
  • Calculate drip rates for tube feeds. (2)
  • Measure, reconstitute and calculate dosages using medication protocols, such as variables of volume and weight. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare patients' vital sign measurements, such as temperature, heart rate and blood pressure, to normal ranges. (1)
  • Monitor inventories of drugs and supplies to ensure sufficient stock is available when needed. (2)
  • Interpret multiple data readings, e.g. interpret multiple readings of blood glucose to determine the effectiveness of changes to diet and exercise programs. (2)
  • Interpret measurements of patient fluid intake and output to establish the health of patients. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate quantities of materials and equipment needed for job tasks, e.g. estimate the number of dressings needed for a particular dressing change. (1)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Licensed Practical Nurses organize their days, under the general direction of physicians, managers or registered nurses, around regular schedules and around the needs of patients and clients within health facilities, communities or geographic areas. They frequently encounter unexpected situations that require schedule changes and job task reorganization to ensure patients are safe and are receiving optimal care. Their schedules and daily plans must be coordinated with many regulated and unregulated health providers. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Assess the need for assistance when carrying out strenuous job tasks, such as moving heavy patients from one location to another. (1)
  • Decide to inform supervisors about changes in patients' vital signs when you feel the changes are medically significant. (2)
  • Decide if you are competent and properly credentialed to perform procedures, such as changing surgical dressings. (2)
  • Decide the order of job tasks, e.g. establish time management plans to deliver care. (2)
  • Decide to change patients' daily routines or schedules of activities, e.g. licensed practical nurses may decide to move a patient into the lounge to socialize with other patients or move an immune suppressed client to a private room. (2)
  • Decide to adjust rehabilitation programs, e.g. decide to reduce the amount of therapy a patient is to receive because of their discomfort and pain. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Establish that there are not enough medical supplies to complete procedures. Secure the needed materials before starting the procedure. (1)
  • Find that patients or their families are not satisfied with the care being provided. Talk to the complainants to learn about their concerns. Address the complaints directly and refer those that cannot be addressed to the supervisors. (2)
  • Find discrepancies between the quantities of drugs and supplies listed in records and actual amounts. Resolve the discrepancies and report shortages to supervisors. (2)
  • Encounter non-compliant or combative patients. Speak with the patients about their behaviours and ask them to comply with their medical treatment programs. Report those patients who remain combative or non-compliant to the supervisors for follow-up. (2)
  • Encounter patients whose medical conditions deteriorate suddenly and unexpectedly. Take immediate action as required, provide information to other members of the health team and follow directions and specific protocols established for emergency situations. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Learn about patient treatment plans by reading patient files and charts and by speaking with patients, family members, co-workers, supervisors and other health care professionals. (2)
  • Locate information about the status of patients by speaking with them, referring to their charts and files, and talking to other health care team members. (2)
  • Find information about pharmaceutical products by conducting Internet research, consulting references, such as the Compendium of Pharmaceutical and Specialties and speaking with co-workers and suppliers. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the ability of patients to understand instructions regarding self care by asking questions and listening to the responses to ensure clear understanding. (2)
  • Assess best learning practices related to patient education. Consider factors, such as the age of the patient, the complexity of the information to be provided and the patient's readiness to learn. (2)
  • Assess the ability of friends and family to give proper health care support to a patient living at home. Review materials provided by the patients' doctors, gather information about the home situation and gauge the willingness of potential caregivers to become involved. (2)
  • Evaluate the general health of patients through conversations, observations and measurements of vital signs. Record this data and explanatory comments in patient records for the information of health professionals. (3)
  • Evaluate the severity of injuries and medical conditions by considering factors, such as the criticality of the injury and medical condition and the age of patient. (3)
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