Webinar: Making 2015 Registration Renewal & Continuing Competency Program Easy

Posted on: September 30, 2014 by CLPNA

Webinar logoWalk-through the 2015 Registration Renewal process, especially as it relates to the Continuing Competency Program (CCP), at our upcoming webinar scheduled for multiple dates in October and November: “Making 2015 Registration Renewal & Continuing Competency Program Easy”.

Sign up for the webinar to hear and gets answers about:

  • How to complete Registration Renewal
  • How to choose learning objectives for your Learning Plan
  • How to report on your completed learning
  • Using self-reflection when building your Learning Plan

This webinar is one of several help guides to the Registration Renewal process for Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses. For more help, please see the Registration Renewal webpage.

WEBINAR REGISTRATION

The same presentation will be shared at all webinar dates; there is no need to sign up for multiple sessions:

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Annual Registration Renewal for 2015 begins Oct 1

Posted on: September 29, 2014 by CLPNA

2015 Registration Renewal logoStarting October 1, most Licensed Practical Nurses registered with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) will renew their registration for an Active Practice Permit for the 2015 calendar year.

The CLPNA strongly encourages members to renew as early as possible to receive the lowest fees and quickest customer service.

RELATED – Complete instructions on Registration Renewal webpage

Renew early and win $350

Active members who renew before November 1 will be automatically entered into the “Ready, Click, Win!” Contest to win back their Active Registration Renewal Fee of $350. To be eligible, members must submit a completed 2015 Registration Renewal application for an Active Practice Permit by November 1. The winner will be selected by random draw and their name will be publicly announced in early November.

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Registration opens for 2015 CLPNA AGM and Conference

Posted on: September 23, 2014 by CLPNA

2015 CLPNA AGM and ConferenceYou are invited to attend the 2015 CLPNA Annual General Meeting & Conference!

The annual Conference of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta is expected to host 350 Licensed Practical Nurses, healthcare managers, educators, government representatives and more.

2015 CLPNA AGM & Conference
Getting Real: Paths to Authentic Care
April 29 to May 1, 2015
The Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta

This year’s theme is “Getting Real: Paths to Authentic Care”. By being truly authentic with one another – by ‘showing-up’ as a nurse in an open and honest way – we are better able to develop positive relationships and connect meaningfully with patients, colleagues and others as we provide compassionate care. Join us in beautiful Banff, Alberta, as we hear from storytellers and expert presenters who will share their strength, wisdom and expertise by showcasing authentic practices in work and life.

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Video: LPNs in Leadership Roles – Supervising Health Care Aides

Posted on: September 22, 2014 by CLPNA

ad_video_Leadership_Supervising_HCALicensed Practical Nurses working in continuing care, supportive living, and home care positions may find the latest video from our Practice Department especially applicable:

WATCH – VIDEO: Professional Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses in Leadership Roles – Supervising Health Care Aides

The CLPNA also strongly recommends every LPN become familiar with and use the following document in their workplace: Decision-Making Standards for Nurses in the Supervision of Health Care Aides (2010) (PDF).

This document was developed to ensure consistent interpretation and application of the Health Professions Act and nursing regulations, and to increase clarity between LPNs, RNs, HCAs, and the public.

RELATED – “Assigning care to Health Care Aides the right way”

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“Bringing Care Home”: A unique home visit model – CARE magazine

Posted on: September 22, 2014 by CLPNA

CARE magazine Fall 2014A unique home visit model of care is making life easier for palliative and geriatric patients in Parkland County. That’s the encouraging story at the heart of the Fall issue of CARE magazine.

Other stories include:

  • Does poor communications lead to legal issues for nurses?
  • Myth-busted!: People living with mental illness never really recover.
  • Changing people, changing places – Alberta’s aging population.
  • And, for members, guidance about annual Registration Renewal.

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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Robin Williams and the stigma of mental illness

Posted on: September 10, 2014 by CLPNA

by Dr. Austin Mardon and Catherine Mardon

(Special to the CLPNA supporting World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10.)

We were just as shocked as everyone else to hear of the death of Robin Williams. The comments we heard included that he was in a better place, that his pain was gone now, that his decision to end his suffering was brave. All I felt was sadness. There are times that I envy those with depression. I have Schizophrenia. There are so many more treatments available to combat depression than we have to fight schizophrenia. My medications carry some really scary side effects as well. There have been times in my life that I’ve felt like giving up on the fight. Thankfully, I have never thrown in the towel. Mental illness runs in my family. I’ve lost relatives to suicide. I know what Mr. Williams’ family is going through right now. At least we got to grieve for our loss privately rather than in the glare of massive public interest.

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How to complete your Learning Plan

Posted on: September 02, 2014 by CLPNA

Learning PlanEach year, as part of annual Registration Renewal, Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses participate in the Continuing Competency Program (CCP) by building a Learning Plan.

1. Assess your professional nursing practice

Through self-assessment and reflection, assess your professional practice using Standards of Practice and the Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses. Through assessment of your current role and responsibilities, you will be able to identify personal strengths and areas in practice that you would like to strengthen.

2. Plan your learning

Prepare your Learning Plan: Based on your assessment, choose a minimum of two learning objectives that you want to complete to improve your knowledge, develop your skills and enhance your competence.

Learning Activities can include:

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Flu season calls for immunization specialization

Posted on: August 29, 2014 by CLPNA

ad_FluShot_300x200Vaccination is a restricted activity for Alberta LPNs that, first, requires completion of an approved immunization course and, second, authorization by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) to be performed.

RELATED – Approved Immunization Courses

LPNs completing these programs must notify the CLPNA to have the authorization approved. A copy of a certification of completion must be emailed to info@clpna.com, faxed to 780-484-9069, or mailed to the CLPNA directly. LPNs are not fully authorized and not covered by LPN insurance for the specialized practice of immunization until it is approved by CLPNA and added to their practice permit.

READ – CLPNA’s Practice Statement #7 – Specialized Practice

The Immunization specialization is one of four restricted activities regulated by the Health Professions Act and the CLPNA. The others are Advanced Orthopedics, Operating Room, and Renal Dialysis.

Questions? Contact a CLPNA Practice Consultant at practice@clpna.com, 780-484-8886, or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

Fact Sheet: Authorization for Bladder Scanning with Supervision

Posted on: August 19, 2014 by CLPNA

Bladder Ultrasound(UPDATED Aug 21/14) To clarify any confusion related to Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) performing ultrasound bladder scanning, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) has released their latest Fact Sheet:

FACT SHEET: Authorization for Bladder Scanning with Supervision (PDF)

For many years, Licensed Practical Nurses (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.) This has been supported by CLPNA and is considered part of the LPN scope of practice.

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International nurses must now apply to National Nursing Assessment Service

Posted on: August 12, 2014 by CLPNA

National Nursing Assessment Service logoEffective August 12, 2014, to become a nurse in Canada (except Quebec and Territories), all internationally educated nurse (IEN) applicants must first apply to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) for document evaluation and verification. NNAS will open their website for applications at 11:00am MST (1:00pm EST).

NNAS provides a single, simple point-of-entry to become assessed for any one of the three categories of professional nursing in Canada – licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, and registered psychiatric nurse.

RELATED – Frequently Asked Questions about National Nursing Assessment Services (NNAS)

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