PN Student Research at Cutting Edge of Wound Care

Posted on: August 31, 2015 by CLPNA

Student Research

New advances in wound care and closure were recently researched by practical nurse students at Edmonton’s NorQuest College.

Supervised by NorQuest instructor Harrison Applin, PhD, RN, Valentina Sagdeeva and Shannon McIvor’s paper, titled “Student Inquiry: Cold Plasma and Chitosan Wound Welding”, reports on an Israeli-developed wound closure procedure using cold helium plasma and chitosan film to effectively weld wounds closed.

RESEARCH PAPER – “Student Inquiry: Cold Plasma and Chitosan Wound Welding”

Chitosan is a commercially-produced substance made from chitin, ”the structural element in the exoskeleton of crustaceans (e.g., crabs and shrimps) and the cell walls of fungi”, and offers “good biocompatibility and biodegradability and is capable of accelerating the wound healing process” (Hants et al., 2014, p. 4).

Their research also reports on the benefits of plasma treatment on patients and healthcare providers, and includes a case study on using this material and technique on a patient recovering from Caesarian section.

The CLPNA is pleased to spotlight this excellent student research.

For more research by and for Licensed Practical Nurses, see the “Research & Resources” section in CLPNA’s Supportive Documents.

Canadian Regulators Launch New Application Process for Internationally Educated Nurses

Posted on: August 26, 2015 by CLPNA

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New process introduces rigorous national standards while speeding up credential recognition

Toronto, ON – August 26, 2015 – Today, the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) announced the official launch of a new, streamlined process for internationally educated nurses (IENs) applying for licensure to practice in Canada. The NNAS, which is a partnership of Canadian nursing regulatory bodies, now offers a single, national online application process for IENs.

With a mandate to protect the public, nurse regulators had a shared vision of creating an assessment process that was open, fair and consistent, while ensuring that the standards for nursing care in Canada are met. They are the first health regulatory group in Canada to create one common application process for internationally trained professionals.

The new process offers an easy, direct and secure way for IENs to submit their documents for Canadian nursing registration. It allows greater transparency, timeliness and predictability across jurisdictions and most importantly, this service applies rigorous standards for assessing qualifications and protecting the public.

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Get your copy of Competency Profile for LPNs, 3rd Ed.

Posted on: August 10, 2015 by CLPNA

Get your copy of Competency Profile 3rd Ed

Binders are now available to order with the new 3rd Edition of the Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses, released in June 2015 by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).

The 274-page document defines LPN scope of practice in Alberta.

The Competency Profile is a key document for LPNs, LPN employers, and stakeholders such as educators.

The Profile:

  • identifies base competencies of a typical entry to practice LPN
  • serves as a tool for LPNs interested in changing or advancing their area of practice or scope of practice
  • provides direction to Practical Nurse Educators regarding essential curriculum components
  • guides employers in understanding full scope of practice for role optimization of LPNs across all care settings
  • provides a benchmark for performance management and review

Order a Competency Profile

DOWNLOAD – CLPNA Order Form (PDF)

Print versions available:

  • BINDER – Continuing Competency Program for LPNs (in 3-Ring Binder) with Competency Profile for LPNs, 3rd Ed.; Standards of Practice & Code of Ethics (2013) & more. ($50 member or $55 non-member)
  • INSERT – Competency Profile for LPNs, 3rd Edition (2015) (shrink-wrapped; 3 hole-punched; insert-only, not in a binder). ($40)

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

Casting Call for CLPNA photo/video shoot

Posted on: August 06, 2015 by CLPNA

Casting Call

(UPDATE – Due to an overwhelming number of applications, the Casting Call is closed at this time. Thank you for all your interest!)

Comfortable in front of a camera?

A Casting Call for approximately 20 confident Licensed Practical Nurses to visually represent the profession in print, on websites, and in background video for TV ads and presentations is now in progress by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).

Similar to last year’s photoshoot (pictured above), we’re looking for the diverse faces of the modern Alberta nurse.

Casting Call Application Process

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LPN Competency changes …EXPLAINED!

Posted on: July 31, 2015 by CLPNA

Competency Profile 3rd Edition Webinars SEPT 2015

In case you missed it…

Curious about what’s happening today with Licensed Practical Nurse scope of practice?

Join CLPNA’s Practice Team for a webinar in September as they explain the changes and highlights of the newly revised Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses, 3rd Edition (2015).

Released June 2, the 274-page document defines LPN scope of practice in Alberta.

From dramatic role changes to new competencies to advanced practice, this information may change your thoughts about LPN practice.

Sign up below!

RELATED – REVISED: Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses


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How to get your Immunization Specialization

Posted on: July 15, 2015 by CLPNA
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Starting this October, seasonal influenza vaccine will once again be offered, clinics will open, and thousands will pour in. That demand creates many opportunities for those Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who have an Immunization Specialization, and many questions about how to achieve this designation.

Due to the significant risks involved and specialized education required, vaccination is a restricted activity for Alberta’s LPNs according to the Health Professions Act.

Therefore, successful completion of an approved immunization course and authorization by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) are required. LPNs are not fully authorized and not covered by LPN insurance for immunization until the specialization is added to the LPN’s Practice Permit.

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Council Election results; change in Vice-President

Posted on: July 13, 2015 by CLPNA
Council 2015 Election Results

(l-r) Jean Collins, Diane Larsen, Joyce Rossiter and Sara Schmidt elected to CLPNA’s Council for 2015-2017.

The results are in from this year’s Council Elections and three new faces will join the team this September as District Representatives. Only Diane Larsen was re-elected to a second term as the Edmonton-area representative. Their two-year terms begin September 1, 2015.

On that same date, Richelle Sutherland will begin her enhanced role as Council Vice-President. The President and Vice-President positions are elected by Council members from within their ranks.

CLPNA 2015 Council Election Results

  • District 2 (Calgary & area) – Jean Collins, LPN (1st term)
  • District 4 (Edmonton & area) – Diane Larsen, LPN (2nd term)
  • District 6 (Grande Prairie & area) – Joyce Rossiter, LPN (1st term)
  • District 7 (Fort McMurray & area) – Sara Schmidt, LPN (1st term)

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Pressure Ulcers eCourse now available at Study with CLPNA

Posted on: July 07, 2015 by CLPNA

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Despite modern medicine’s advances, the lowly pressure ulcer represents a major health threat to patients with reduced mobility, chronic disease, and the elderly. It can affect mobility, nutritional intake, elimination and psychological well-being.

A comprehensive Pressure Ulcers eCourse is now available from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) to provide nurses with the motivation,knowledge and skills to more effectively assess, prevent and treat pressure ulcers.

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Webinar explores changes to LPN Competency Profile

Posted on: June 16, 2015 by CLPNA

Competency Profile 3rd Edition Webinars UPDATE

Curious about what’s happening today with Licensed Practical Nurse scope of practice?

Join CLPNA’s Practice Team for an upcoming webinar as they share the changes and highlights of the newly revised Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses, 3rd Edition (2015).

Released June 2, the 274-page document clearly defines LPN scope of practice in Alberta. It’s is the result of extensive review and consultation with over a thousand participants that began in September 2014.

From dramatic role changes to new competencies to advanced practice, this information may change your thoughts about LPN practice.

Sign up below!

RELATED – REVISED: Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses

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