How to get your Immunization Specialization

Posted on: July 15, 2015 by CLPNA


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.


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)

RELATED – Council Members


Pressure Ulcers eCourse now available at Study with CLPNA

Posted on: July 07, 2015 by CLPNA


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.


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


Voting begins in 4 Council Election Districts

Posted on: June 15, 2015 by CLPNA

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Voting is now open in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, and Fort McMurray areas for the Council Election of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).

Council Elections Ballots and links to Nominee Profiles were emailed on June 15, 2015 to CLPNA members residing in the Election District and who have an Active, Conditional or Temporary Practice Permit are eligible to vote. Voting ends on June 30 at midnight (MDT).

The Council is the governing body of the CLPNA consisting of Licensed Practical Nurses elected from each of the seven Election Districts, plus the President.


REVISED: Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses

Posted on: June 02, 2015 by CLPNA


The exhaustively revised Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses, 3rd Edition (2015) was proudly released by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) after a nine month collaborative review.

The Profile is the result of a rigorous and ambitious review process that formally began in September 2014 and involved over a thousand participants.


SHOW & TELL Contest for your National Nursing Week pictures

Posted on: May 11, 2015 by CLPNA

National Nursing Week Contest

Let everyone know what nurses do by celebrating your team!

SHOW & TELL YOUR PHOTO of your National Nursing Week celebration on CLPNA’s Facebook Page or tweet to @CLPNA on Twitter starting Monday, May 11.

You may win one of 15 Individual Prizes worth $50 each or the Grand Prize worth over $200!

See Contest Rules for details. Contest closes Friday, May 15 at 3:00pm MDT.

Contest Rules


LPN Award Winners celebrate nursing excellence & diversity

Posted on: May 11, 2015 by CLPNA

Winners of the 2015 LPN Awards of Excellence: John McCullough, LPN; Shelley Scorgie, RN; Stacey Hall, LPN; and Darcy Shenfield, LPN (l to r)

A tremendous group of nurses were showered with applause by their peers at the annual CLPNA Awards Dinner on April 30.

All of the nominees and the winners of this year’s LPN Awards of Excellence are truly something special, and represent all the diversity and dedication of their professions. The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is proud to honour them.

LPN winners received a commemorative crystal award and $1000. Award recipients are selected by a committee of the Fredrickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPNs on behalf of CLPNA.

RELATED – About the LPN Awards of Excellence

Pat Fredrickson Excellence in Leadership Award


Run for Council in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray

Posted on: May 06, 2015 by CLPNA

CLPNA Council Nominations

Influence the direction of the LPN profession!

In the Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, and Fort McMurray areas, Licensed Practical Nurses are invited to run for District Representative to CLPNA’s Council.