Licensed practical nurses

Licensed practical nurses

NOC
3233

Provide care for patients under the direction of doctors and registered nurses. They work in health care settings, such as hospitals, clinics and private homes.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

374
 

Median Hourly Wage

$24.65
$21.00
Low
$26.50
High

Median Salary

$42,955
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

3,067
 

% Working Full Time

78%
 

% Working Full Year

74%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Licensed practical nurses provide nursing care usually under the direction of medical practitioners, registered nurses or other health team members. Operating room technicians prepare patients and provide assistance to medical practitioners prior to and during surgery. Licensed practical nurses 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 employed in hospitals.

Main Duties

Licensed practical nurses and operating room technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
Licensed practical nurses

  • 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 and document effectiveness of nursing interventions and collaborate with appropriate members of healthcare team
  • Provide safety and health education to individuals and their families.

Operating room technicians

  • 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
  • Monitor patients' status during surgery, such as intake, output and loss of blood, and communicate and document any changes
  • Clean and sterilize the operating room and instruments.

Also Known As

  • graduate nursing assistant
  • licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.)
  • operating room technician
  • registered nursing assistant (R.N.A.)
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of a vocational, college or other approved program for licensed practical nurses is required.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required in all provinces and territories.
  • Completion of a registration examination is required in all provinces and territories.
  • Operating room technicians require additional academic training in operating room techniques.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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90.8%
Female
9.2%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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5.8%
15-24
24.6%
25-34
26.2%
35-44
26.2%
45-54
15.6%
55-64
1.7%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
1.3%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
5.4%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
89.7%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
3.6%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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95.4%
Health care and social assistance
1.9%
Retail trade
0.8%
Educational services
1.9%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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26.90%
Northeast
18.70%
Southeast
26.50%
Southwest
16.80%
Central
11.10%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$42,116
Northeast
$46,082
Southeast
$41,381
Southwest
$42,505
Central
$43,368
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$24.35
$18.00
Low
$25.40
High

Southeast

$24.65
$20.35
Low
$26.00
High

Southwest

$24.74
$22.00
Low
$30.00
High

Central

$24.00
$22.00
Low
$25.40
High

Northwest

$24.05
$21.40
Low
$26.50
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$42,955

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$47,608

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$42,955

Newfoundland

$64,258

Prince Edward Island

$42,653

Nova Scotia

$49,028

Canada

$45,869
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

374
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

89
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

285
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

1,263
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

319
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

944