As a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Footcare Specialist, I provide professional foot care services as well as advice on diabetes and its wide-ranging effects on overall foot health. I am pleased to be a part of the Pabineau First Nation Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative team and happy to have been afforded an opportunity to work with the good people of Pabineau.
I believe that my health care training and work history as an LPN and Footcare Specialist has prepared me well for my role at the Pabineau Community Health Center. In addition to my studies to gain certification as Licenced Practical Nurse, I have undertaken studies in Advanced Foot Care and Wound Care, with a focus on the effects of diabetes on general foot health.What is an LPN?
An LPN is a collaborating member of a Health team. The practice of licensed practical nurses spans a continuum from novice to expert and may encompass clinical practice, administration, education, research, consultation, management, regulation, policy and system development. Through their basic (entry-level) recognized education programs, experience and continuing education activities, licensed practical nurses gain the theoretical and practical foundation to provide safe, competent and ethical nursing care. Licensed practical nurses care for people of all ages, regardless of gender, ethnicity or social situation, in a variety of practice settings (e.g., hospitals, communities, homes, clinics, schools and residential facilities). Their practice requires knowledge about health and illness, human biological sciences, the pathophysiology of diseases, health promotion and prevention, teaching and learning, and health-care systems.
Licensed practical nurses have a duty to provide safe and appropriate nursing care and to practise collaboratively with others members of the health-care team. They practise autonomously within their own level of competence and seek guidance from other health-care professionals when aspects of the care required are beyond their individual competence. The psychosocial components of care, including interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills, are fundamental to safe and effective practice.LPN Regulatory Requirements
Individuals who decide to pursue a career as a licensed practical nurse must meet certain formal requirements for registration with the professional regulatory authority, including: