New handbook outlines opportunities to train for career as a Licensed Practical Nurse

Are you a health care worker who’s considering upgrading skills to play a new role on the care team? Or, are you thinking about a future in nursing and want information on a much in demand career?

If you are, then check out a new handbook on how to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in B.C. produced by the Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE).

The handbook offers a host of “how to” information about different post-secondary training programs and skills upgrading options, tuition and course costs, financial aid, the licensing process, the College of LPNs, and the English proficiency tests.

The publication will also be useful for foreign trained nurses in Canada who are looking to complete credentialing requirements, or non-practicing Practical Nurses who want to re-enter the profession.

Click here to download a copy of the handbook.

HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt says the handbook highlights the successful advocacy work undertaken by the union to increase the utilization of LPNs. Allnutt says HEU’s efforts have helped win a significant increase in the number of LPN training seats in conventional post-secondary nursing programs and in special access and skills upgrading courses.

The “how to” handbook was produced by HEU in collaboration with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of B.C. HEU has represented LPNs in B.C. since the first Practical Nurses graduated from Vancouver Vocational Institute in 1948.

In addition to negotiating decent wages and pay equity adjustments for LPNs at the bargaining table, HEU also organizes special forums and conferences for LPNs. In 1999, the union negotiated with the provincial government for a special $10 million fund to increase the utilization of LPNs and to expand training opportunities for those who wanted to embark on a nursing career.

How to Become an LPN in B.C.