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Licensed practical nurses provide nursing care usually under the direction of medical practitioners, registered nurses or other health team members. They are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres, doctors' offices, clinics, companies, private homes and community health centres. Operating room technicians are included in this unit group.
certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.), operating room technician, registered nursing assistant (R.N.A.), registered practical nurse (R.P.N.).
- Provide nursing services, within defined scope of practice, to patients based on patient assessment and care planning procedures
- Perform nursing interventions such as taking vital signs, applying aseptic techniques including sterile dressing, ensuring infection control, monitoring nutritional intake and conducting specimen collection
- Administer medication and observe and document therapeutic effects
- Provide pre-operative and post-operative personal and comfort care
- Monitor established respiratory therapy and intravenous therapy
- Monitor patients' progress, evaluate effectiveness of nursing interventions and consult with appropriate members of healthcare team
- Provide safety and health education to individuals and their families.
- Prepare patients for surgery by washing, shaving and sterilizing the patients' operative areas
- Assist in surgery by laying out instruments, setting up equipment, assisting surgical teams with gowns and gloves and passing instruments to surgeons
- Clean and sterilize the operating room and instruments.
Outlook & Prospects for Licensed Practical Nurses in Notre Dame-Central-Bonavista Bay Region
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National Outlook – 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC’s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Licensed Practical Nurses) is part of a larger occupational group called Other Technical Occupations in Health Care (Except Dental) (NOC 323).
|Occupations in this group||
Midwives and Practitioners of Natural Healing (3232)
Licensed Practical Nurses (3233)
Ambulance Attendants and Other Paramedical Occupations (3234)
Other Technical Occupations in Therapy and Assessment (3235)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||124,682|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||40|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||60|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, employment in this occupation increased at a rate similar to that for all occupations. The unemployment rate remained steady and very low. The average hourly wage increased at the same rate as for other occupations. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Other Technical Occupations In Health Care (Except Dental), over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 62,326 and 56,447 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on projections and considering that labour supply and demand in this occupation were balanced over the 2008-2010 period, it is expected that the number of job seekers will continue to be sufficient to fill the job openings over the 2011-2020 period. Job openings will arise due to employment growth and replacement demand in almost equal parts. As with most occupations in the health sector, the aging population will put pressure on the demand for technical health care workers. The retirement rate in this occupation will be on par with the average for all occupations. Almost all job seekers will come directly from the school system. In addition, an analysis of recent school leavers in this occupational category showed that a significant proportion of school leavers in these fields of study, such as health care technicians and nursing graduates, entered occupations outside the health sector. The main reason for this is likely the difficult working conditions (night shifts, overtime, etc.), which discourage some school leavers from entering or remaining in the occupation.
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||3,502||6%|
|Projected Job Openings||62,326||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||56,447||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Health care and social assistance||96.90|
What proportion of people in this occupation work full-time?
The graph displays the proportion of people in this occupation who worked full-time and part-time in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), 75% of workers in this occupation worked full-time, compared to the average of 81% for all occupations.
What is the proportion of women working in this occupation?
The graph displays the proportion of men and women in this occupation in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), women represented 92% of workers in this occupation, compared to the average of 48% for all occupations.
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
This occupation (Licensed Practical Nurses) is part of a larger group called Other Technical Occupations in Health Care (Except Dental) (NOC 323). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), the unionization rate for this group was 75%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 31%.
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