Honour a shining star: LPN Awards of Excellence

Posted on: December 17, 2014 by CLPNA

2015 LPN Awards of ExcellenceRecognize a shining star in your workplace by nominating them for an Award of Excellence.

There are three Awards available for Licensed Practical Nurses and one for supportive non-LPN health care leaders in Alberta.

LPN award recipients receive a $1000 cash prize, a commemorative crystal award, and are honoured by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) at the 2015 CLPNA AGM & Conference Awards Dinner on April 30, 2015.

Nominations open until February 28, 2015.

Nominate a Licensed Practical Nurse

DOWNLOAD – 2015 LPN Awards of Excellence Nomination Form (PDF)  (Word)

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“When the patient is your child”; Technology in nursing – CARE Magazine

Posted on: December 16, 2014 by CLPNA

care_magazine_winter_2014_300x200In the Winter issue of CARE magazine, the story of a Licensed Practical Nurse from Calgary whose son is diagnosed with a complex heart condition, “When the Patient is Your Child”.

More stories:

  • Mobile technology is finding its way into more nursing workplaces. Will it make your job easier?
  • Legal issues for nurses: What are your responsibilities in assessment?
  • New video on supervising Health Care Aides.
  • Nominations open for LPN Awards of Excellence.

RELATED – Previous issues of CARE magazine

CARE magazine shares healthcare information for and about Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) such as nursing practice, regulation, interprofessional collaboration, provincial and national nursing news.

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Think Tank summary report and presentations released

Posted on: December 10, 2014 by CLPNA

Think Tank 2014“What do I want when I’m old or have dementia?”

That was the challenge presented to 200 participants at the annual Think Tank hosted by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) on October 23, 2014.

Now the answer, presented by thought-leaders from Europe, Canada, and Alberta, can be read in the Think Tank Report, “Planning for the Future of Seniors’ and Dementia Care”.

READ – CLPNA’s 2014 Think Tank Report: Planning the Future of Seniors’ and Dementia Care

Additionally, all the presentations are now available for download. These may be used as part of annual learning as required by the Continuing Competency Program.

The CLPNA is using the Think Tank to support culture change within the profession and better meet the needs of LPNs as they work to provide compassionate and effective care.

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CLPNA office closed Christmas Week

Posted on: December 08, 2014 by CLPNA

ad_HolidayHoursThe CLPNA office is closed for extended hours this holiday season, including the week of Christmas.

2014 Holiday Hours

Holiday Date Office Hours
Christmas Week December 22-26 CLOSED
New Year’s Eve December 31 8:30am – 2:00pm MST
New Year’s Day January 1, 2015 CLOSED

Regular Office Hours

Monday to Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm MST

Contact the CLPNA at info@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

Free Online Course: Nursing Documentation 101

Posted on: December 05, 2014 by CLPNA

Nursing Documentation 101 CourseNurses know that accurate documentation is an important component of their professional and legal responsibilities, so important that a course on documentation was the top request by CLPNA’s Licensed Practical Nurses in a recent survey.

A new online course, Nursing Documentation 101, to promote high quality documentation (also known as charting, recording and reporting) was developed by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta to meet this need.

LINK – Nursing Documentation 101 Course

Using videos, quizzes, games, and interactive activities, the free seven module course provides the knowledge and practical skills needed to ensure that accurate documentation takes place in our health care systems.

RELATED – Continuing Education

“Nursing Documentation 101” and other CLPNA developed courses are available on the Study with CLPNA page under Member’s Continuing Education.

2 ways for employers to verify LPN registration

Posted on: December 04, 2014 by CLPNA

Employer Verification of LPNsTo ensure Licensed Practical Nurse employees are able to practice for 2015, Alberta employers are strongly encouraged to confirm employee’s registration status between December 2-31.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) provides two methods to verify an LPN’s:

  • Name
  • CLPNA Registration Number
  • Current & future Practice Permit expiry date
  • LPN specialties (immunization, dialysis, orthopaedics, operating room)
  • Registration or disciplinary conditions

#1 Individually – Public Registry of LPNs

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Dec 31 expiry for LPN Practice Permits; Renewal for 2015 urged

Posted on: December 02, 2014 by CLPNA

December 31The CLPNA is encouraging remaining LPNs to complete their 2015 Registration Renewal as quickly as possible before the December 31. If they don’t renew, they will not be able to practice nursing in 2015 without additional delays, fees and paperwork.

After December 31, 2014, online Registration Renewal will no longer be available. After that date, applicants seeking an Active Practice Permit for 2015 must contact CLPNA for a “Reinstatement Application Form” and submit it with payment. Allow 5 business days for processing. Incomplete packages are returned by mail for completion.

RELATED – Registration Renewal webpage

Holiday Hours

Members anticipating contacting the CLPNA for help with Registration Renewal are reminded that the office is closed for Christmas week (December 22-26) and additional holiday hours. See the Calendar below.

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Contest winners are rewarded

Posted on: November 25, 2014 by CLPNA

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The winner of the CLPNA’s Ready, Set, Win! Contest prize of $350 is Melissa Lauzon, LPN. Her entry was randomly selected from all those who completed a 2015 Registration Renewal Application before November 1 for an Active Practice Permit.

There were 5 winners for the 5 Minute Communications Survey contest. The following LPNs were randomly selected from 1031 entries: Marian Banks, Marlene Begg, Jaime Horner, Annette Raasch, and Charlynn Ursu. They each received a $50 gift card from Chapters/Indigo/Coles bookstores.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta thanks all participants!

Developing authentic patient relationships at CLPNA Conference

Posted on: November 20, 2014 by CLPNA

2015 CLPNA AGM and ConferenceNew topics have been added to the 2015 CLPNA Annual General Meeting & Conference hosted by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta.

Join the CLPNA in Banff this Spring to hear from incredible storytellers and expert presenters, and strengthen your understanding of how to develop authentic patient relationships in-person and online.

RELATED – Detailed Program for the 2015 CLPNA AGM & Conference

“Leading the Way: My Journey to Authentic Health Care Practice”

Dr. James Makokis is a proud Cree from the Saddle Lake First Nation in Northern Alberta, where he currently practices Family Medicine. James has served as the National Spokesperson for the National Aboriginal Health Organization’s “Lead Your Way” National Aboriginal Role Model Program. Dr. Makokis is also an active volunteer and currently serves on several boards including the Aboriginal Wisdom Committee of Alberta Health Services, Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation) and the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada.

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December 1 is deadline for 2015 Registration Renewal

Posted on: November 06, 2014 by CLPNA

2015 Registration Renewal logoThousands of Licensed Practical Nurses have already completed their 2015 Registration Renewal application, and the CLPNA encourages the remaining nurses to complete theirs by the December 1 deadline.

Because of the deadline, the final days in November tend to be the busiest for the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA). Members are strongly urged to renew early for quickest access to customer service and the lowest rate.

Fee goes up Dec 2

The renewal fee for an Active Practice Permit increases to $380 on December 2. Online renewal ends December 31.

For those who renewed in October, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) will announce the winner of the “Renew Early & Win $350″ Contest in mid-November.

RELATED – Registration Renewal webpage

CLPNA closed for Christmas week

Members anticipating contacting the CLPNA for help with Registration Renewal are reminded that the office is closed for Christmas week (December 22-26) and additional holiday hours.

RELATED – CLPNA Office Hours

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