Alberta Health is undertaking a review of continuing care regulations that are expiring in 2017. LPNs working in areas such as homecare, long term care and supportive living are invited to provide feedback at one of the planned open houses across the province. These discussions will give an opportunity to learn from individuals and to share information.
The regulations under review as part of the Nursing Homes and Home Care Regulations review include the:
Nursing Homes Operation Regulation;
Nursing Home General Regulation; and,
Co-ordinated Home Care Program Regulation.
The Home Care Regulation will be discussed during the morning (9 am to 12 pm). Discussion will focus on:
The basket of services provided in home care;
Home support services such as housekeeping and home maintenance; and,
Meeting the needs of caregivers.
The Nursing Homes Regulations will be discussed during the afternoon (1 pm to 4:30 pm). Discussion will focus on:
The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta is shocked and tremendously concerned, as all Albertans have, by the devastating fire and mandatory evacuation in Fort McMurray and region that has directly impacted 90,000 Albertans, including more than 120 Licensed Practical Nurses.
To support those affected, CLPNA is donating $5000 immediately to the Red Cross to support their humanitarian efforts. If you have not done so already, we encourage all LPNs to give. A special thanks to all LPNs participating in other charitable efforts.
During National Nursing Week from May 9-15, 2016, let everyone know what nurses do, reward each other, and celebrate your team!
Use social media to enter CLPNA’s Show & Tell Contest for National Nursing Week. Daily winners will receive a variety of CLPNA-branded goodies and LPN product from the Fredrickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPNs. Prizes are valued at up to $50.
On Monday, May 16, two (2) grand prize winners will be selected from all entries received throughout the duration of the contest. The winner will receive a Special Goody Bag filled with CLPNA-branded product and a $100 VISA gift card (total prize value up to $200).
Approximately 20% of eligible CLPNA members have been selected to participate in the 2016 Continuing Competency Program Validation (CCPV) beginning May 2. Those chosen will validate their Learning Plans for the previous two years (2014 and 2015) using an online submission process. The deadline is July 4.
To help guide the 2300 participants through the process, a webinar on “How to Complete your CCPV” is available on four different dates.
Highlights of CLPNA’s achievements toward regulatory excellence and Council’s vision can be discovered in this year’s 2015 Annual Report.
“With our many collaborative and meaningful connections, CLPNA is… committed to exploring ways in which our profession will continue to define ‘the leading edge’ and provide value within Alberta’s evolving healthcare system.” – Message from the Executive Director, Linda Stanger, CLPNA
The following is a joint message for all Alberta nurses from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA):
On June 6, 2016, a new right to medical assistance in dying in Canada will become law. These recent decisions by the Supreme Court of Canada regarding medical assistance in dying have raised questions among nurses about the impact on their practice. In a proactive step, the three nursing regulators in Alberta are working to establish collaborative guidelines for their members.
Currently, nurses are prohibited from aiding or counselling for suicide, and also may not participate with medical assistance in dying.
This includes doing anything that can be construed as counselling for or assisting a person to achieve medical assistance in dying either by suicide (patient is provided with a lethal dose of medication for self-administration), or by voluntary euthanasia (a physician legally administers a lethal dose of medication after patient consent).
Executive Director of HIV North, Susan Belcourt, LPN, leads a community of nurses whose goal is to educate and save lives in Northern Alberta in the feature story in the Spring 2016 issue of CARE magazine.
From Lethbridge to Red Deer to Cold Lake, LPNs are invited to run for District Representative to CLPNA’s Council for a new, longer term. Over the next few years, terms of office for all District Representatives are transitioning from a 2-year term to a 3-year term. The transition plan was approved by Council within the updated Bylaws in March.
Running for Council
Interested LPNs residing in the South, South Central and North Central Election Districts must submit a Nomination Form by May 31. District Elections are held in June by electronic (email) ballot.
Council meets quarterly to plan and evaluate CLPNA’s Strategic Plan, policies and finances to achieve regulatory excellence. Successful Council members are team-oriented, servant-leaders focused on the future of the LPN profession.
2016 ELECTION DISTRICTS
According to CLPNA’s Bylaws, where you live in Alberta determines your District. Use our “Find My Election District” document to look up your town or city. Can’t find your city? Contact CLPNA at email@example.com for help.