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Oh I think I understand the confusion! It's because I said nursing assistant right? My apologies, you say CNA for care aids, but in quebec a care aid is PAB or (formerly "orderly"). A nursing assistant where I am (which is not a term used anymore anyway) is an LPN. Thats what I was referring too.

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Oh I think I understand the confusion! It's because I said nursing assistant right? My apologies, you say CNA for care aids, but in quebec a care aid is PAB or (formerly "orderly"). A nursing assistant where I am (which is not a term used anymore anyway) is an LPN. Thats what I was referring too.

LPN is not a nursing assistant. There are two types of nurses in Canada: LPNs (aka RPNs, licensed/registered practical nurses) it's a 2 year program, and RNs (Registered Nurses) with a BScN degree.

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TriciaJ has 38 years experience as a RN and specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

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I would guess it's the same as an LPN, or LVN.

I work on a unit with all nurses. We usually have 3-4 apiece. Our census

keeps going up and staying up and our patients are getting more complex

so we are supposed to be getting aides soon. I'll believe it when I see

it.

In eastern Canada an RPN is a registered practical nurse. I don't know why they used Registered instead of Licensed like everywhere else. To add to the confusion, in western Canada, an RPN is a registered psychiatric nurse, which is its own thing.

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