Webinar guides 2300 LPNs on CCP Validation

Posted on: May 02, 2016 by CLPNA

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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.

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Advancing Our Strengths: CLPNA’s 2015 Annual Report released

Posted on: April 28, 2016 by CLPNA

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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

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FAQs for Nurses about Medical Assistance in Dying (Physician-Assisted Death)

Posted on: April 20, 2016 by CLPNA

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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).

RELATED – Alberta’s nursing regulators developing guidance on physician-assisted death

Frequently Asked Questions for Nurses

Below are the responses to the most frequently asked questions by nurses regarding medical assistance in dying in Canada:

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LPNs to run for new 3-year Council terms in South & Central Alberta

Posted on: April 05, 2016 by CLPNA

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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 info@clpna.com for help.

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Time to Track Your Learning for Continuing Competency Program

Posted on: April 01, 2016 by CLPNA

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There are many ways for Licensed Practical Nurses to track and organize your learning records as required by CLPNA’s Continuing Competency Program. You decide which tool or method of record keeping works for you.

Track and record your learning throughout the year by using any or all of the following suggestions:

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Giveaways available for National Nursing Week events

Posted on: March 11, 2016 by CLPNA

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In 2015, over 7100 Licensed Practical Nurses in 148 healthcare facilities in Alberta participated in National Nursing Week events.

This year’s National Nursing Week is May 9-15, 2016, and CLPNA has complimentary Special Event Kits filled with LPN-branded ‘swag’ available for your event! Special Event Kits contain clever and cool items to be used as giveaways, door prizes or contest prizes: lanyards, pens, lip balms, hand sanitizer, sewing kits, flashlights and more.

Kits must be ordered from CLPNA and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for events in Alberta. Product type and number of items depends on the number of expected attendees and number of requests received. There is no guarantee of receiving one (1) item per event attendee.

Special Event Kits can be ordered until April 8 by email or fax using the Special Event Kit Request Form below.

DOWNLOAD – Special Event Kit Request Form (PDF)

Request Deadline: April 8, 2015

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LPN & non-LPN Award Nominations extended to March 15

Posted on: March 01, 2016 by CLPNA

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It’s an honour just to get nominated! The deadline has been extended to March 15 to honour excellent Licensed Practical Nurses and non-LPN health professionals in Alberta for an Award of Excellence.

LPN award recipients receive a $1000 cash prize, a commemorative crystal award, and are honoured by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) at the 2016 CLPNA AGM & Conference Awards Dinner on April 28, 2016.

Nominations close March 15, 2016.

How to Nominate a Licensed Practical Nurse

Download, print and submit a Nomination Form (available below) to submit your choice for one or more of the following awards.
DOWNLOAD – Awards Nomination Form (PDF)

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Battling Dr. Google and Nurse Jackie: Evidence Based Practice Webinar Series

Posted on: February 29, 2016 by CLPNA

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Have you ever come across an issue in practice and didn’t know what to do? Do you ever wonder if there is a better nursing practice? Have clients ever brought you information from the internet and asked your opinion?

Then these webinars are for you!

Dr. Leah Philips, Director of Research at the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, and Melanie Neumeier, Assistant Professor at MacEwan University are presenting a three-part webinar series to answer:

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