It’s Licensed Practical Nurses Day!
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) fill important roles in modern health care practices, even more so now during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The primary duty of an LPN is to promote health and healing by functioning as a member of the nursing team, to provide optimum care for clients, patients, and residents.
And to celebrate LPN Day we’re shining the spotlight on Thomas.
Thomas is a Licensed Practical Nurse at a hospital in Saskatoon with a focus on mental health and addictions.
He applies his vast knowledge in addiction care and treatment and nursing skills (including: Initiating IV, Motivational Interviewing, ASIST PART – Trainer, Addiction Care and Treatment - UBC WAVE, Take Home Naloxone – Trainer) to assess clients in Emergency to determine if they are a fit for addiction medicine.
He calls referrals that have been discharged to see if a phone appointment is appropriate.
If a consult call is required from the ward, he assess that as well.
Thomas also performs suicide risk assessments, safety planning, provide addictions support and follow-up with clients post discharge.
What Thomas enjoys most about his job is meeting the people that need his skills and services.
One of his best experiences was, meeting a past client that had gone on to university and has become a social worker.
“It was very gratifying seeing their success and being a part of their journey,” Thomas says.
We are proud to celebrate the LPNs working as part of the family of nursing each and every day and the front line heroes that make up our health care team!