Licensed Practical Nurse


$27.58 to $36.13 per hour

Other benefits


Practical nursing diploma

What does this job look like at AHS?

Licensed practical nurses (also known as LPNs) are professional nurses who contribute to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care at AHS. Licensed practical nurses have the knowledge, skill, judgement and abilities to contribute to many types of patient care, including prevention, acute treatment and management, long term and palliative care.

As front-line nursing professionals, they provide a variety of nursing services within a defined scope of practice. Licensed practical nurses take and record vital signs, collect various samples, dress wounds, monitor progress and report reactions to treatment, as well as educate patients and families.

Licensed practical nurses advocate for patient needs and take appropriate action to ensure the safety and well-being of those in their care. AHS promotes patient and family centred care by supporting the relationship between these groups and frontline staff. Licensed practical nurses work collaboratively with patients, families and the health care team to provide high-quality treatment and care to Albertans.

Licensed practical nurses may also provide leadership and work guidance to others, such as nursing attendants, health care aides and practical nursing students. Currently, there are many roles within AHS for licensed practical nurses and as the profession continues to grow new opportunities are created. Licensed practical nurses may pursue advanced training and practice in specialty nursing areas such as operating room, advanced orthopedics, dialysis and immunization.

Licensed Practical Nurses who work in Corrections Health at AHS collaborate with healthcare professionals, correctional centre authorities in a safe & secure setting to provide quality patient care to adults and youth in custody. Opportunities exist for clinical, addictions and mental health practice with support from clinical experts in a multidisciplinary team environment.

At AHS, licensed practical nurses work in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, community health centres, continuing care facilities, clinics, urgent care centres and in clients’ homes. They work with patients and families and members of the health care team, including other licensed practical nurses, physicians, registered nurses, health care aides, therapists and technologists, administrative staff and managers.

Licensed practical nurses may work full-time or part-time hours or on a call-in (casual) basis. They can apply for positions that are permanent, temporary or casual depending on department and facility needs. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening, night, weekend and holiday shifts, as well as on-call duty.

Licensed practical nurses may be on their feet or required to sit for long periods, depending on the area they are working in. They may also be required to lift and move patients and so their work can require a lot of physical exertion. At times, licensed practical nurses may work in challenging and stressful circumstances, such as in an emergency situation.

To learn more visit Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS).

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