Over 600 LPNs averaged $400 each in Education Grants in 2013

Posted on: April 23, 2014 by CLPNA

Foundation Grant ProgramEligible CLPNA Members are encouraged to take advantage of the Education Grant Program to receive up to $1000 per year in tuition reimbursement for continuing education courses.

In 2013, over 600 LPNs received an average of $400 each for education that “enhances the role of the LPN”, and some received the maximum of $1000. Upcoming quarterly Application Deadlines are April 30, July 31, and October 31.

RELATED – Education Grant FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

Popular areas of study include Foot Care, Gerontology, Immunization, IM/ID Injections, Infusion Therapy, Leadership, Mental Health, Orthopedics, Palliative Care, and Research.

Funding for Bachelor-degree programs is also available for those that “support LPNs remaining in the profession”. For example, a Degree in Human Service Administrator.

Grant Program details, Frequently Asked Questions, and Application Forms are available from the Fredrickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPNs.

The Fredrickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPNs administers the Education Grant Program on behalf of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA). In 2006, the CLPNA received a $3.3 million endowment from Alberta Health and Wellness to support continuing education needs of LPNs.


Co-Worker Abuse: Strategies and Resources

Posted on: April 11, 2014 by CLPNA

ad_Co-WorkerAbuse_300x200Since releasing the Co-Worker Abuse practice guideline and supportive documents in December, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) has implemented numerous strategies related to raising awareness on the topic.

READ – CLPNA’s Co-Worker Abuse documents

To Members

  • Webinars, on-site and telehealth presentations, a series of CARE magazine articles.
  • Approval of a joint grant application with four other regulators to develop learning tools for health professionals on co-worker abuse.

To the Nursing Community


$50 savings & special hotel rate end April 4 for CLPNA Conference

Posted on: March 28, 2014 by CLPNA

SC2014 web2The Early Bird discount and special hotel rate for the 2014 CLPNA Conference are only available until April 4 and both are filling up fast!

More than 70% of available Conference seats are sold, so LPNs and interested health professionals are encouraged to register soon.

$50 off Conference until April 4

Both LPNs and non-CLPNA members receive up to $50 savings until midnight on Friday, April 4.

RELATED – Conference Registration webpage

LPNs may receive an additional $100 savings via an Education Grant from the Fredrickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPNs. A link to the Grant Application is provided during the Conference registration process.

Hotel rooms rates rising


Future plans for the LPN profession at CLPNA Annual General Meeting

Posted on: March 26, 2014 by CLPNA

Annual General MeetingFor LPNs in 2023, how will nursing be different? What about nursing education, leadership, technology, and collaboration?

During this year’s Annual General Meeting, Licensed Practical Nurses and the public will hear about the 10-year Strategic Plan of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) on April 30 in Edmonton.

Forecasting the future; 10-year Strategic Plan & more

This AGM will feature the following:

  • Introduction of the CLPNA’s new 10-Year Strategic Plan and 3-Year Business Plan
  • Forecasting the future of the LPN profession
  • Highlights of provincial and national projects
  • Insight into initiatives with government and Alberta Health Services (AHS)
  • Release of the 2013 Annual Report


LPNs can order Special Event Kits for National Nursing Week

Posted on: March 24, 2014 by CLPNA

ad_2014_National_Nursing_Week_Special_Event_KitsLunches, dinners, teas… these events and more will soon receive Special Event Kits from the CLPNA to celebrate National Nursing Week, May 12-18, 2014. The CLPNA is accepting orders for the Kits until April 11.

Special Event Kits contain LPN-branded items to be used as door-prizes such as lip balms, hand sanitizer, glass cleaning clothes, lanyards, flashlights, sewing kits, pens, and lunch bags.

DOWNLOAD – Special Event Kit Request Form (PDF) (ED NOTE: Link removed after Deadline)

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 11 by fax or email using the Special Event Kit Request Form.


LPNs flourish in Public Health; Healthcare myths busted! – CARE Magazine

Posted on: March 20, 2014 by CLPNA

CARE Magazine Spring 2014 coverTo find the fullest role in public health for Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses, look north to Fort McMurray! Explore this feature story and so much more in the Spring issue of CARE Magazine.

Are international medical graduates the solution to the doctor shortage in underserviced areas? Canadian health care myths are challenged by evidence in “Myth Busted!”.

Nurses, are you a target of “Workplace Bullying”? We explain what’s being done about the problem of co-worker abuse.

Also in this issue: CLPNA’s Executive Director and President share how “Times They are A Changing”; A nurses’ relationship to technology is explored; “Straight Talk” to nurses on why we need to do better; “Watch Your Back!” shares how to prevent strain and injury in the workplace; and we’ll explore nursing fatigue.

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, interdisciplinary teams, provincial and national nursing news.


Career Opportunity: Practice & Policy Consultant

Posted on: March 17, 2014 by CLPNA

Practice and Policy ConsultantA full-time Practice & Policy Consultant position has opened at the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).

The Practice & Policy Consultant will receive, monitor, and respond to nursing practice inquiries, complete trends analysis, and participate in development and implementation of practice support documents within the College.

JOB DESCRIPTION – Practice and Policy Consultant at CLPNA

Resumes will be accepted until April 4, 2014.

Minimum qualifications

  • Broad nursing practice/health professional experience essential.
  • Post-secondary education essential.
  • Professional nursing designation preferred.
  • Experience in leadership, practice consultation, education, research, or regulation an asset.

The submission process is explained on the job description. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Next 15-20 years in Alberta nursing forecast in Think Tank report

Posted on: March 17, 2014 by CLPNA

Planning for the Future Think Tank Report“Population growth, an increasingly diverse cultural mix, more people aged 65 and older, and a greater burden of chronic disease, mental illness and dementia are all going to drive changes in the health system and how and by whom services are provided.”

That’s what the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta heard from industry experts at their “Planning for the Future Think Tank” in December. The CLPNA has made the resulting synopsis document and select source presentations available to their members, stakeholders and the public.

READ – CLPNA’s “Planning for the Future: What We Heard” Think Tank Report

CLPNA’s Council is using the information to create strategic direction for the profession for the next 10 years. A release is expected in Spring 2014.

Nearly 70 key leaders from government, Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, educational colleges, licensed practical nurses, and CLPNA’s Council and staff participated in the event.

RELATED – Think Tank sets stage for future innovation of Alberta LPN profession


Nursing Staff Mix statement from Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators, Canadian Nurses Association

Posted on: March 12, 2014 by CLPNA

Staff Mix Decision-making Framework for Quality Nursing CareThree Canadian nursing associations are encouraging healthcare facilities to utilize their resource “Staff Mix Decision-making Framework for Quality Nursing Care” to create the best, safe staff mix for all clinical practice settings.

A joint position statement supporting the framework was recently released by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) and the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada (RPNC).


DOWNLOAD – Joint Position Statement on “Staff Mix Decision-making Framework for Quality Nursing Care” (PDF)

“The framework, developed with funding from the government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program, is based on a focused literature review and a broad consultation that included surveys and focus groups. It contains a model that illustrates the complexity of the decision-making process and guides staff mix decision-making with questions related to each phase of the nursing process (assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation).”

DOWNLOAD – “Staff Mix Decision-making Framework for Quality Nursing Care” (PDF)

Questions regarding implementation of the framework may be directed to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) at practice@clpna.com or 780-484-8886.

The CLPNA is a member of the the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR).

Hit radio is playing our song

Posted on: March 06, 2014 by CLPNA

ad_Radio_Ads_Dec-13Another radio ad about Licensed Practical Nurses is being broadcast in the Edmonton area this March on hit music stations 102.9 Sonic and 91.7 The Bounce. The ad will run for two weeks.

Complementing the radio message is a billboard web advertisement on the Bounce and Sonic websites from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. It portrays an LPN, and asks, “Why is this nurse so valuable?”, and links to a video message on the nursing knowledge and skills of Licensed Practical Nurses. The ad is expected to receive 20,000 views during each two week run.

Listen to our Radio Ad



The radio and web ads were created to meet CLPNA’s mandate to educate the public about the role of Licensed Practical Nurses.