A Nation of Firsts: Pushing boundaries in Siksika – CARE Magazine

Posted on: July 20, 2016 by CLPNA



“I’m so proud of our LPNs here. I see them as ambassadors. Our nurses are respected and appreciated in our community for the services they provide.” – Tyler Whyte, CEO, Siksika Health Services.

Tradition and technology, plus a focus on treating the whole person, work together to make southern Alberta’s Siksika Health and Wellness Centre special. Discover the whole story in the Summer 2016 issue of CARE magazine.

Also in this issue


$25K in Research Grant funding available to LPNs

Posted on: July 18, 2016 by CLPNA


Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) in collaboration with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) are now taking applications for their very first Advancing Knowledge in Practical Nursing Research Grant.

The one-year grant is intended to encourage Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), in partnership with researchers or clinicians, to make fresh discoveries to positively influence practical nursing. Up to $25,000 is available to conduct the research.

READ MORE – Research Grant Program Guide and Application Instructions



New President & District Reps announced from 2016 Council Election

Posted on: July 12, 2016 by CLPNA


Elected to CLPNA Council (l-r): Richelle Sutherland, LPN; Kurtis Kooiker, LPN; Roop Rani, LPN

Elected District Representatives for South, South Central and North Central Districts to CLPNA’s Council will begin their term on September 1 under the leadership of a new President.

Valerie Paice, LPN, was elected by the Council members to take over presidential duties from Jo-Anne Macdonald-Watson, LPN, who served as President for two terms. Valerie Paice previously served back-to-back terms as a Council Representative for District 3.

The Council and CEO Linda Stanger express sincere thanks to Jo-Anne Macdonald-Watson for her time and many talents during her eight years on Council, and wish her all the best as she moves on from this major commitment.



Feedback on Alberta Health continuing care regulations ends July 31

Posted on: July 12, 2016 by CLPNA


LPNs working in homecare, long term care, supportive living and related areas have a final opportunity to give feedback to Alberta Health on the continuing care regulations that are expiring in 2017.

If you missed the Open House meetings on this topic in June, it’s not too late to provide your input. An online survey is available to receive comments until July 31, 2016.

Give Feedback

If you do not wish to complete the study, but would like to have your opinions heard, contact continuingcare@gov.ab.ca.

Regulations Under Review


Medical Assistance in Dying: FAQs for Alberta’s Nurses

Posted on: July 04, 2016 by CLPNA

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Guidance related to the new Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) legislation for Alberta’s nurses has now been released by the Tri-Nursing Group (College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta).

On June 17, 2016, an Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying) (also referred to The Act in this document) received Royal Assent introducing legislation that allows a person to request and receive medical assistance in dying in Canada under limited circumstances. The Act revises the Canadian Criminal Code to include exemptions from otherwise applicable criminal offenses for health-care providers who help to provide medical assistance in dying in defined circumstances. Only physicians or nurse practitioners may directly provide a person with medical assistance in dying.


Proposed changes to Licensed Practical Nurses Profession Regulation

Posted on: June 28, 2016 by CLPNA


LPN Restricted Activities are under review and changes are proposed to:

  • LPN specializations (immunization, foot care, renal dialysis)
  • Bladder scanning
  • Fetal heart monitoring
  • Administering blood and blood products
  • Administering parenteral nutrition
  • and many more…

A first look is now available at the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s (CLPNA) proposed changes to the Licensed Practical Nurses Profession Regulation (LPN Regulation) and Standards of Practice for LPNs on the Performance of Restricted Activities (Standards of Practice), along with an opportunity to provide feedback.


LPN Award Winners for 2016 show passion for patients and education

Posted on: June 21, 2016 by CLPNA
Winners of the 2016 LPN Awards of Excellence

Winners of the 2016 LPN Awards of Excellence: Jaclyn (Nikki) Maucieri, LPN; Stefanie Nicol, LPN; Colleen Kasa, RN; and Manpreet Chahal, LPN.

Passion for their clients’ health and their colleagues’ education defines this year’s Awards of Excellence winners.

The winners and the nominees were celebrated April 28 during the Awards Dinner at the CLPNA’s 2016 AGM & Conference. LPN winners received a $1000 cash award.

RELATED – About the LPN Awards of Excellence

Rita McGregor Excellence in Nursing Education Award

Honouring an LPN nursing educator or a designated preceptor in a clinical setting who consistently demonstrates excellence in providing education in the workplace.

Winner: Manpreet Chahal, LPN


Council Elections underway in South, South Central

Posted on: June 10, 2016 by CLPNA


Voting is underway in District 1 and District 3 for the election of District Representatives to the Council of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA). Elections Ballots and links to Nominee Profiles were emailed on June 10, 2016. Voting ends on June 30 at midnight (MDT).

As per CLPNA Bylaws, since there is only a single nominee for District 5, there will be no election held in this District. The nominee will become the District Representative by Council acclamation.

The Council is the governing body of the CLPNA consisting of Licensed Practical Nurses elected from each of the seven Election Districts, plus the President.

VIEW Council Election Nominee PROFILES



Evidence Based Practice Education Series: Battling Dr. Google (VIDEOS)

Posted on: June 03, 2016 by CLPNA


This 3-part video series introduces evidence based practice and teaches you to evaluate and incorporate research into your nursing.

Recorded from their live webinar presentations, Dr. Leah Philips, Director of Research at the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, and Melanie Neumeier, Assistant Professor at MacEwan University, answer:


Marketing Yourself webinar part of new Career Directions© series

Posted on: June 03, 2016 by CLPNA

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Looking to advance in your career, apply for a new position, or change your career direction? Ever wondered how to make yourself stand out amongst all the others out there?

Our Career Directions© Planning and Development Webinar Series can help!

In 2015, CLPNA launched Career Directions©, a proven framework specific to supporting nurses and other health care professionals in their career development. The program takes LPNs through the Five Phase Donner-Wheeler Career Planning and Development Model: Scanning, Assessing, Visioning, Planning and Marketing.

RELATED – Career Directions©

CLPNA is excited to announce that we will be presenting FIVE webinars based on this model. Mary M. Wheeler RN, MEd, PCC, partner in donnerwheeler, will be presenting the first in this series of webinars.

Register for the first webinar, Marketing Yourself, TODAY!

Career Directions© Planning and Development Webinar Series

Webinar 1: Marketing Yourself

June 27, 12:00-1:00pm