I was going through the CLPNBC website recently and found this "news" to be interesting and valuable to know:
"As a result of recent discussions with the Ministry of Health Services, the Private Career Training Institute, and people in the educational and practice settings, the CLPNBC has been asked to put a moratorium on recognizing any new educational programs (private and public) for practical nurses (pursuant to Schedule B of the CLPNBC Bylaws) until the following issues are addressed:
The development of a new provincial PN curriculum that reflects the recently confirmed baseline competencies
ASI Blueprint for 2012-2016
Health Authority capacity for clinical placements
Current limited job opportunities for licensed practical nursing graduates
Requisite Nurse (Licensed Practical) Regulation updates aligned with the Health Professions Act
The CLPNBC appreciates your understanding and patience over the next few months. We will advise you of new developments as they arise."
I value the address on the current situation of LPN saturation in BC along with the evolution of practice and inevitable increase in generic PN program length; however, I find it very disheartening that schools (private and public) have no mention of this information on their websites. I understand that this moratorium is on NEW schools & programs registered to train future LPN's, but isn't it worthwhile to inform potential students and graduates on the "issues" that are plaguing the BC LPN population?
I thought that all those considering pursuing a career as an LPN should take a look at the CLPNBC website for updates and info prior to making a well informed decision.