Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) work under the direction of doctors and registered nurses (RNs). They provide nursing care that requires technical knowledge and skill but not the in-depth professional education and training of a registered nurse.

LPNs may work in hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices and for home health agencies. Some LPNs work as private-duty nurses, caring for one person at home or in the hospital.

Licensed nurses are required to complete an approved nursing program and to take a licensing exam in the province in which they practice.

Current as of: October 18, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine