Approximately 20% of eligible CLPNA members have been selected to participate in the 2016 Continuing Competency Program Validation (CCPV) beginning May 2. Those chosen will validate their Learning Plans for the previous two years (2014 and 2015) using an online submission process. The deadline is July 4.
To help guide the 2300 participants through the process, a webinar on “How to Complete your CCPV” is available on four different dates.
Highlights of CLPNA’s achievements toward regulatory excellence and Council’s vision can be discovered in this year’s 2015 Annual Report.
“With our many collaborative and meaningful connections, CLPNA is… committed to exploring ways in which our profession will continue to define ‘the leading edge’ and provide value within Alberta’s evolving healthcare system.” – Message from the Executive Director, Linda Stanger, CLPNA
The following is a joint message for all Alberta nurses from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA):
On June 6, 2016, a new right to medical assistance in dying in Canada will become law. These recent decisions by the Supreme Court of Canada regarding medical assistance in dying have raised questions among nurses about the impact on their practice. In a proactive step, the three nursing regulators in Alberta are working to establish collaborative guidelines for their members.
Currently, nurses are prohibited from aiding or counselling for suicide, and also may not participate with medical assistance in dying.
This includes doing anything that can be construed as counselling for or assisting a person to achieve medical assistance in dying either by suicide (patient is provided with a lethal dose of medication for self-administration), or by voluntary euthanasia (a physician legally administers a lethal dose of medication after patient consent).
Frequently Asked Questions for Nurses
Below are the responses to the most frequently asked questions by nurses regarding medical assistance in dying in Canada:
What’s happening now?
Catch all the highlights from the 2016 CLPNA Annual General Meeting and Conference and join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter!
We’ll be tweeting and posting live from the event from April 27-29.
Executive Director of HIV North, Susan Belcourt, LPN, leads a community of nurses whose goal is to educate and save lives in Northern Alberta in the feature story in the Spring 2016 issue of CARE magazine.
Also in this issue:
From Lethbridge to Red Deer to Cold Lake, LPNs are invited to run for District Representative to CLPNA’s Council for a new, longer term. Over the next few years, terms of office for all District Representatives are transitioning from a 2-year term to a 3-year term. The transition plan was approved by Council within the updated Bylaws in March.
Running for Council
Interested LPNs residing in the South, South Central and North Central Election Districts must submit a Nomination Form by May 31. District Elections are held in June by electronic (email) ballot.
Council meets quarterly to plan and evaluate CLPNA’s Strategic Plan, policies and finances to achieve regulatory excellence. Successful Council members are team-oriented, servant-leaders focused on the future of the LPN profession.
2016 ELECTION DISTRICTS
According to CLPNA’s Bylaws, where you live in Alberta determines your District. Use our “Find My Election District” document to look up your town or city. Can’t find your city? Contact CLPNA at email@example.com for help.
There are many ways for Licensed Practical Nurses to track and organize your learning records as required by CLPNA’s Continuing Competency Program. You decide which tool or method of record keeping works for you.
Track and record your learning throughout the year by using any or all of the following suggestions:
In 2015, over 7100 Licensed Practical Nurses in 148 healthcare facilities in Alberta participated in National Nursing Week events.
This year’s National Nursing Week is May 9-15, 2016, and CLPNA has complimentary Special Event Kits filled with LPN-branded ‘swag’ available for your event! Special Event Kits contain clever and cool items to be used as giveaways, door prizes or contest prizes: lanyards, pens, lip balms, hand sanitizer, sewing kits, flashlights and more.
Kits must be ordered from CLPNA and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for events in Alberta. Product type and number of items depends on the number of expected attendees and number of requests received. There is no guarantee of receiving one (1) item per event attendee.
Special Event Kits can be ordered until April 8 by email or fax using the Special Event Kit Request Form below.
DOWNLOAD – Special Event Kit Request Form (PDF)
Request Deadline: April 8, 2015
Have you ever come across an issue in practice and didn’t know what to do? Do you ever wonder if there is a better nursing practice? Have clients ever brought you information from the internet and asked your opinion?
Then these webinars are for you!
Dr. Leah Philips, Director of Research at the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, and Melanie Neumeier, Assistant Professor at MacEwan University are presenting a three-part webinar series to answer: