Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 16(1) March 2003 : 99-109.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2003.16235
Innovation in Leadership

Learning Circles: Collaborating to Promote RN and LPN Role Enhancement

JoAnna Bennett


Recent events in the Newfoundland and Labrador healthcare system, including changes to nursing scope of practice, have had a profound effect on practice environments for direct care registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs). This article describes an initiative introduced by the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL) and the Council for Licensed Practical Nurses (CLPN) in response to concerns raised by healthcare providers related to collaboration and teamwork between RNs and LPNs. Through the Learning Circles Project, the ARNNL and CLPN committed to fostering an improved working relationship for nursing team members based on the values of working together, mutual respect and an enhanced working environment.



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