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NOC 3233 – Licensed practical nurses

To apply under NOC-3233 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Licensed practical nurses.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

Licensed practical nurses 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.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Licensed practical nurses. 

NOC 3233 – Licensed practical nurses: example titles.

  • certified nursing assistant (CNA)
  • CNA (certified nursing assistant)
  • graduate nursing assistant
  • L.P.N. (licensed practical nurse)
  • licensed nursing assistant
  • licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.)
  • nursing assistant (registered – Québec)
  • operating room technician
  • operating room technician – nursing
  • R.N.A. (registered nursing assistant)
  • R.P.N. (registered practical nurse)
  • registered nursing assistant (R.N.A.)
  • registered practical nurse (R.P.N.)
  • surgical assistant, nursing
  • surgical nursing assistant
  • surgical technician – nursing
  • technician, operating room – nursing
  • technician, surgical – nursing

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.

Additional Information

  • Working under the direction of a medical practitioner or registered nurse is not required for licensed practical nurses in all jurisdictions.


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  • Home health care workers (in 4412 Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations)

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