Licensed Practical Nurses

CUPE LPNS are skilled and caring professionals who provide hands-on nursing care to families across the province.

CUPE has been a long advocate for ensuring all LPNS are able to work to full scope and are a respected part of the nursing team.

Listening to our members:
For over 10 years, CUPE’s LPN Committee has pressed the concerns and interests of our 1,500 licensed practical nurses. The committee, which consists of at least one LPN from each of the five CUPE health care locals, meets regularly to discuss issues and concerns specific to LPNs.
The committee organizes ongoing opportunities for feedback, including meetings with LPNs in the five health regions.


January 15, 2013  


REGINA:  According to the report Regulated Nurses: Canadian Trends 2007 – 2011, released last week by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), licensed practical nurses in Saskatchewan are more likely to work in acute care than their Canadian counterparts. The report found that 60.9 per cent of LPNs work in Saskatchewan hospitals compared to 42.9 per cent of LPNs across Canada.

One in five nurses in Saskatchewan are LPNs and 98.6 per cent work in direct patient care, compared to 90 per cent of RNs in the province.

“Licensed Practical Nurses play a critical role in the delivery of health care,” said CUPE Health Care Council president Gordon Campbell. 

CUPE presented their brief Full Utilization of Licensed Practical Nurses: A Practical Solution to the Nursing Shortage to four health regions last year. The brief calls for consistent advancement of LPNs. CUPE is also urging health care employers to implement mentoring programs for new LPNs in the workplace, by allowing them to job shadow full-scope LPNs.

“By fully engaging LPNs, Saskatchewan can address the nursing shortage and ensure quality patient care,” adds Campbell.



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Gordon Campbell, President, CUPE Health Care Council: 539-0661