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Scope of practice expanded for Alberta’s Licenced Practical Nurses

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Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses will be able to provide more patient care starting in a few months.

The United Conservative government is amending the LPN profession regulation to expand the scope of practice in five key areas including administering blood or blood products.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says the government is committed to strengthening the health care system and one way to do that is to allow LPNs to practice to the full extent of their competence and training.

The expanded scope of practice will come into effect on February 1st.

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The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees however, says it’s concerned with the decision.

Vice President Susan Slade says LPNs are highly qualified workers and a key part of delivering quality health care to Albertans but with this announcement, the UCP government is asking them to do more with less.

She says front line workers are already stretched thin and increasing their workload without any firm promise to increase staffing levels or other resources is not good for workers or health care delivery.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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