Sharing the competent, committed, care of Licensed Practical Nurses with Albertans

Posted on: November 25, 2016 by CLPNA

Who are Licensed Practical Nurses?

The voices of five dedicated Licensed Practical Nurses can be heard in our latest public service announcements on GlobalTV, HUTV, CTV Digital and an Alberta-wide radio campaign in December through January.

Licensed Practical Nurses are the second-largest regulated nursing profession in Alberta and Canada, after registered nurses. In 2016, there are over 14,000 LPNs currently registered in Alberta.

As a professional nurse, LPNs primarily work in direct nursing care in acute care, community care and continuing care. With well-developed assessment and critical thinking skills, LPNs formulate nursing diagnoses, plan interventions, provide health education, and evaluate response to treatment in collaboration with clients and other health professionals.

But sometimes stories can better show the heart, and head, of a nurse. 

Our Latest Story…

Licensed Practical Nurses supporting 8-year-old Enna and her family with pediatric home care


Opioid crisis: CLPNA supports harm reduction strategies

Posted on: November 25, 2016 by CLPNA


On October 27, the Alberta Government announced new programs to address overdoses and deaths related to fentanyl and other opioids including harm reduction strategies to address opioid misuse.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) supports supervised consumption services (i.e., supervising safe injection of street drugs) and the role the Licensed Practical Nurse will take on in providing supervised consumption services and other harm reduction services. The CLPNA is pleased to partner with Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) and to work in partnership with the provincial government and other organizations on this new initiative.


PRACTICE GUIDELINE: Independent Practice for the LPN

Posted on: November 23, 2016 by CLPNA


The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta applauds the growing number of entrepreneurial LPNs in our membership. As a regulated health professional, the LPN must take care to support their business with the nursing and legal policies and procedures necessary to protect the public. To support these entrepreneurs, the CLPNA created a new Practice Guideline “Independent Practice for the Licensed Practical Nurse”.

Download Practice Guideline


FACT SHEET: Cannabis for Medical Purposes

Posted on: November 23, 2016 by CLPNA


On August 24, 2016, the federal government released the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). The regulations outline how Canadians can access and possess cannabis and its derivatives to help manage the symptoms associated with a variety of disorders and conditions. The CLPNA has developed a FACT Sheet to let LPNs know how the ACMPR may impact their practice: “Cannabis for Medical Purposes – The Role of The Licensed Practical Nurse in Alberta”.

Download Fact Sheet


December 1: Deadline for Registration Renewal for 2017

Posted on: November 02, 2016 by CLPNA


The 2017 Registration Renewal deadline of December 1 is closing in on Alberta’s 14,000 Licensed Practical Nurses. Most LPNs must complete a Registration Renewal Application in order to practice as a nurse in 2017.

Higher fees after December 1


LPNs choosing to renew after December 1 will pay an increased fee of $400. CLPNA Council hopes this encourages more completed applications prior to the deadline, in compliance with the Bylaws.


Navigate your nursing career course through Mentorship Program

Posted on: October 19, 2016 by CLPNA

Mentorship Program pic

“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” – John Crosby

Have a career by design… and not by drift. Mentorship is a powerful way to help individuals realize their career goals, provide encouragement, and develop professionally and personally.

We invite all LPNs to consider becoming a Mentor or Mentee.

The Mentorship Program provides an opportunity for LPNs to build professional networks and gain knowledge on how to better support their career goals. The program will assist the Mentee to acquire the skills needed to begin or advance on a career path, or pursue professional development opportunities.