Licensed practical nurses perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Prepare patients for surgery by washing, shaving and sterilizing the patients' operative areas
B. Assist in surgery by laying out instruments, setting up equipment, assisting surgical teams with gowns and gloves and passing instruments to surgeons
C. Clean and sterilize the operating room and instruments.
D. Provide nursing services, within defined scope of practice, to patients based on patient assessment and care planning procedures
E. Perform nursing interventions such as taking vital signs, applying aseptic techniques including sterile dressing, ensuring infection control, monitoring nutritional intake and conducting specimen collection
F. Administer medication and observe and document therapeutic effects
G. Provide pre-operative and post-operative personal and comfort care
1. To be a licensed practical nurse, you must finish a vocational college or other approved program for licensed practical nurses.
2. You need registration in all provinces and territories and must complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination in all provinces and territories (except Quebec).
3. To be an operating room technician, you need either additional academic training in operating room techniques, or on-the-job training.
4. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
The average hourly wages for Licensed Practical Nurses is $18.52/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the health sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.