CLPNS Name Change Announcement

October 3, 2023

We proudly announce that on January 1, 2024, the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses will become known as the
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Saskatchewan 

This exciting name change represents another step towards a clear regulatory purpose and is consistent with regulation across Canada. The legislation governing health professions in Saskatchewan was updated earlier this year and now demands that regulation be carried out in the public interest.

Although the name change is set to occur on January 1, you may notice some changes to our documents in the final weeks of 2023. To best utilize our limited resources and avoid duplication of work, some publications may reference the new name before the official change, while others may happen shortly after. We ask for your patience as we complete this transition in the most practical way possible.

We will share our new logo and its story with you in a few weeks. Additionally, we will distribute some products with the new name to various healthcare facilities in the province. We will try our best to reach far and wide.

As we bid farewell to the SALPNs name, take the time to reflect on SALPN’s journey and that of the LPN profession.

LPNs in Saskatchewan were first known as Nursing Assistants. As in many parts of North America, LPNs were a product of the World War 2 nursing shortage. In 1957, the Saskatchewan Nursing Assistants Association (SNAA) was established and governed by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA). Beginning in 1974, the nursing assistants sought professional recognition and autonomy through legislation. In 1988, through the proclamation of new legislation, the organization became known as the Saskatchewan Association of Certified Nursing Assistants (SACNA), ending the SRNA’s official governing role over the 2580-member profession. In 1993, the legislation was amended to transition the organization to become the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN), and the province’s 2312 CNAs transitioned to the new name Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN.

Although the SALPNs gained independence, members of the LPN profession were required to work under the direction of a duly qualified medical practitioner, Registered Nurse, or Psychiatric Nurse. The year 2000 was monumental as legislative amendments prescribed in The Licensed Practical Nurses Act, 2000 granted practice autonomy to the LPN profession, a status that remains today.

In the months and years following the proclamationthe profession, employers, healthcare facilities and the healthcare team adapted to the evolving LPN profession. The LPN profession grew steadily with 2224 members in 2006, 3678 in 2016 and over 4500 in 2023. SALPNs achieved many advancements by expanding the education program from a certificate to a diploma and implementing two significant and mandatory educational upgrades for existing LPNs.

In 2014, tension related to the LPN scope of practice pushed SALPNs toward a deeper understanding of its public protection mandate. In 2017, the SALPNs released a new strategic plan that emphasized a commitment to make the SALPNs regulatory mandate clear and to become a leader in regulation. With this commitment came an abandonment of the longstanding dual role of regulator and advocate of the profession. The SALPNs discontinued practices that placed the professional interests of LPNs ahead of those of the public, like chapters and awards programs. Working with existing legislation, in 2018, the SALPNs modernized its governance structure to align with best practices in professional regulation. In 2019, the SALPNs and other regulators advocated for regulatory reform in Saskatchewan, resulting in the proclamation of legislative amendments in May 2023.

Although the SALPN’s journey was lengthy and sometimes difficult, it was at the end of a high road that a regulatory purpose was discovered and a new era for SALPNs began. We look forward to travelling the road ahead with the LPN profession and Saskatchewan residents as the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Saskatchewan.

Thank you.

Tina Sentes, CLPNS Council Chair

Lynsay Nair, CLPNS Executive Director

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