12 NEW Conference Sessions from clinical practice to personal health

Posted on: March 24, 2015 by CLPNA

2015 CLPNA AGM and ConferenceExplore 12 new informative, interesting and actionable concurrent sessions at the 2015 CLPNA AGM and Conference on April 29 to May 1, 2015.

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The conference features storytellers and expert presenters showcasing authentic practices in work and life presenting to 400 Licensed Practical Nurses, managers and affiliated health professionals.

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The conference is hosted by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta.


For more, see the 2015 CLPNA Annual General Meeting & Conference.

Understanding Professional Nursing through Jurisprudence Exam

Posted on: March 24, 2015 by CLPNA

Jurisprudence ExamNurses, do you feel you:

•    Understand your responsibilities as a professional nurse under federal and provincial legislation including Health Professions Act, CLPNA Regulations & Bylaws, Ethics and Standards of Practice, Privacy Legislation, Nursing Practice Guidelines, Health and Safety, Child and Adult Guardianship, and more.

•    Know how to legally and appropriately deal with patient safety issues?

•    Can effectively handle ethical dilemmas in the workplace?

By studying for CLPNA’s Jurisprudence Exam, you can learn this and more. By taking the Jurisprudence Exam, you may use it towards your annual Continuing Competency Learning Plan.


Volunteer positions at Education Foundation for LPNs

Posted on: March 09, 2015 by CLPNA

Fredrickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPNs logoThe Fredrickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPN’s Committee is now accepting resumes for two vacant volunteer positions:

  • LPN Representative
  • Member at Large

VOLUNTEER DESCRIPTION – LPN Representative & Member at Large (PDF)

Resumes accepted until April 1, 2015.

The Fredrickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPN’s is a non-profit charitable organization which raises, manages and distributes educational grants to members of the CLPNA to enhance their nursing knowledge, skills and abilities.

Order LPN ‘swag’ for National Nursing Week events

Posted on: March 09, 2015 by CLPNA

National Nursing Week Special Event Kits 2015

Planning a National Nursing Week party – May 11-17, 2015?

Let CLPNA support your celebration with our complimentary Special Event Kits, filled with LPN-branded ‘swag’ for your VIP event!

Special Event Kits contain fun and useful items to be used as giveaways, door prizes or contest prizes: lunch bags, lanyards, pens, lip balms, hand sanitizer, sewing kits, and flashlights.

In 2014, over 3600 Licensed Practical Nurses received items at 148 healthcare facility events!

DOWNLOAD – Special Event Kit Request Form (PDF) (Deadline: April 10, 2015)

Kits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Product type and number of items in each Kit depends on the number of expected attendees and number of requests received by CLPNA. There is no guarantee of receiving one (1) item per event attendee.

Special Event Kits can be ordered until April 10 by email or fax using the Special Event Kit Request Form.


Barb Bancroft Seminars: “Clinical Focus on Geriatrics”

Posted on: March 06, 2015 by CLPNA

Barb Bancroft Seminars Clinical Focus on GeriatricsBarb Bancroft, our most popular Conference speaker ever, is back!

With her trademark blend of humour and nursing smarts, Barb will be presenting a seminar series on a “Clinical Focus on Geriatrics” in Grande Prairie, Edmonton, and Calgary.

Registration is not restricted to LPNs and is open to all health professionals. Invite a friend or colleague.


REGISTER TODAY for your preferred seminar(s), or register for all three for a comprehensive education.

DOWNLOAD – Registration Form for “Clinical Focus on Geriatrics” by Barb Bancroft

The CLPNA is proud to host these events, part of our Strategic Plan to prepare LPNs for changing demographics in all care settings.

3 Full-Day Seminars – Take 1 or all 3!

Seminar 1  – Polypharmacy: The Pearls, the Perils, and the Pitfalls


Career: Director of Research & Policy Development

Posted on: March 05, 2015 by CLPNA

Join Our TeamUPDATED: Closing date extended to April 1, 2015.

A unique position has opened at the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), Director of Research and Policy Development.

Under the leadership of the Executive Director/Registrar, the Director of Research and Policy Development will be responsible and accountable for the overall architecture of research and policy development for the LPN profession.

JOB DESCRIPTION – Director of Research and Policy Development at CLPNA (PDF)

or Apply via LinkedIn

UPDATED: Resumes accepted until March 15, April 1, 2015.

Minimum Requirements

  • University Degree, Masters or PhD preferred, in health policy, health services research, public policy, or related field.
  • 3-5 years in policy, research or related area in the health sector.
  • Quality improvement background is an asset.


Please forward a resume and cover letter by email or mail with a subject line of “CLPNA – Director of Research and Policy Development” on or before March 15, April 1, 2015 to:


Clarity to Bladder Scanning Supervision

Posted on: February 06, 2015 by CLPNA

Bladder UltrasoundThe College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) confirmed in a public letter to its members that doctors can supervise Licensed Practical Nurses performing bladder scanning.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) hopes the validation helps healthcare organizations to create appropriate authorization policies.

The supervision parameter is a temporary measure until new LPN regulations are approved in the next few years, states the CLPNA.

READ – CPSA’s letter re: Supervision of Bladder Scanning

For many years, LPNs have been applying non-ionizing radiation in the form of ultrasound imaging for the purposes of bladder scanning as defined in the CLPNA Competency Profile for LPNs (2005, 2nd Ed.)

In August 2014, the CLPNA confirmed it considers this part of LPN scope of practice by releasing the Fact Sheet “Authorization for Bladder Scanning with Supervision”.

READ – CLPNA’s Fact Sheet: Authorization for Bladder Scanning with Supervision

Questions? Contact CLPNA’s Practice Consultants at practice@clpna.com or 780-484-8886.

Get on a more effective path at the CLPNA’s AGM & Conference

Posted on: February 04, 2015 by CLPNA

2015 CLPNA AGM and ConferenceJoin the CLPNA in Banff this Spring to strengthen your understanding of how to develop authentic patient relationships in-person and online at the 2015 CLPNA Annual General Meeting & Conference.

CLPNA members, apply to receive $150 off your Conference registration fee through an education grant. See the Registration page for complete info.

Leader of One: How to be More Effective at Work and Life – Hugh Culver

We are working in a time of distraction: endless e-mails, back-to-back meetings, interruptions, and growing work demands take their toll. This exciting keynote presents strategies for cutting through the busy-ness to identify and focus on what really matters in work and in life.

With his unique, high energy approach and proven insights, author and entrepreneur Hugh Culver shows you how to get more leverage and bigger results by Thinking, Planning, and Acting more effectively in the Age of Distraction.

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Bursary available for LPNs taking Bachelor’s degrees

Posted on: January 12, 2015 by CLPNA

David King Education Bursary(The Application Deadline has closed for this Bursary. Thank you for your interest.)

Up to $5000 in bursary funds is available to help Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) taking a Bachelor’s degree to enhance their LPN role.

The annual David King Education Bursary assists in covering tuition, books and materials for degrees such as a Bachelors of Human Services Administrator (to manage as an LPN), Education (to teach as an LPN), Science (to research as an LPN), etc.

The Bursary does not fund programs that move the LPN into another health profession (MD, Pharmacist, RN, etc.).

Application Deadline: February 28, 2015

Eligible applicants must reside in Alberta and have an Active Practice Permit with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. The Bursary is valid for one year for courses applied for between April 30, 2015 and May 1, 2016. Bursary funds may be split between eligible applicants.


Didn’t renew? How to reinstate registration for 2015

Posted on: January 06, 2015 by CLPNA

ad_PracticePermit_300x200On December 31, 2014 at midnight, annual Registration Renewal for CLPNA members was closed.

Those who did not renew and require an Active Practice Permit for 2015 must contact CLPNA for a “Reinstatement Application Form” and submit it with payment. Allow a minimum of 5 business days for processing. Incomplete packages are returned by mail for completion. Contact the CLPNA at info@clpna.com, 1-800-661-5877 or 780-484-8886.

$500+ Fine if practicing without a valid Practice Permit

Only individuals with a valid, unexpired CLPNA Practice Permit (Active/Limited/Temporary/Conditional registration types) are authorized to work as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Alberta or use the title “LPN”, as per s43 of the Health Professions Act.

Practicing without a permit is considered unprofessional conduct and subject to the Complaints process. Fines of $500 or more may apply.