“Health System of Tomorrow” at 3rd annual CLPNA Think Tank

Posted on: November 09, 2015 by CLPNA

2015 CLPNA Think Tank logo

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is pleased to host our third annual Think Tank on November 10.

Follow the event on CLPNA’s Twitter account, @CLPNA, or #CLPNA.

The theme of this ‘by invitation only’ event is “Health System of Tomorrow”, and features local, national and international thought leaders. Representatives from government, education, industry, other regulatory bodies, CLPNA’s Education Advisory Committee and Licensed Practical Nurses will be in attendance. CLPNA considers this event an important contribution to the evolution of a quality health system.

The Hon. Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health, will close the session, and Steven Lewis will moderate the day.

Speakers & Presentations


Barb Bancroft’s Geriatrics Seminars coming to Calgary

Posted on: November 04, 2015 by CLPNA

Barb Bancroft Seminars

It’s the last chance to register for Barb Bancroft’s seminar series on a “Clinical Focus on Geriatrics” in Calgary on November 17, 18 and 19, 2015. Seminars are open to all health professionals.

Barb Bancroft RN, MSN, PNP is a widely acclaimed national speaker, noted for her humorous, entertaining and information packed seminars. She is author of four books, her latest, Kiss My Asparagus, An Essential Guide to Nutrition’s Role in Health and Disease.

Education Grants are available! Eligible LPNs (with an Active Practice Permit living in Alberta) may qualify for 100% reimbursement for these courses through the Education Grant Program.

REGISTER NOW – “Clinical Focus on Geriatrics” by Barb Bancroft

The CLPNA is proud to host these events, part of our Strategic Plan to prepare LPNs for changing demographics in all care settings.

3 Full-Day Seminars

Seminar 1 – Polypharmacy: The Pearls, the Perils, and the Pitfalls


Editorial: From Knowledge Users to Knowledge Creators

Posted on: October 09, 2015 by CLPNA
CLPNA President Jo-Anne Macdonald-Watson (left) and Executive Director Linda L. Stanger

CLPNA President Jo-Anne Macdonald-Watson (left) and Executive Director Linda L. Stanger

Every day as nurses interact with patients and families, their decisions are informed by empirical evidence derived from research, supported by the wisdom of their experience and practice-based knowledge. Indeed, the hallmark of most professions is their foundation on a body of empirical knowledge that is unique to each profession. Equally important is the need for professions to be creators of new knowledge through active involvement in research and applying evidence to their practice.

Increasing research engagement


Advanced LPN preventative care roles in Cardston – CARE Magazine

Posted on: October 09, 2015 by CLPNA

CARE Magazine Fall 2015

“Well. Within Reach” is the preventative patient care focus of the Cardston Clinic, a warm, welcoming community-centred facility. LPNs in advanced roles are a big part of their success. Catch the whole story in the Fall issue of CARE magazine.

More stories:


Alberta Health Care Aide Directory under development

Posted on: October 05, 2015 by CLPNA

Alberta HCA Directory logo

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), in partnership with Alberta Health, is launching the Alberta Health Care Aide Directory. The Directory is funded by a grant from Alberta Health and will be operated separately from the CLPNA.

The purpose of the Alberta HCA Directory is to provide information about Alberta’s HCAs and their attainment of core competencies. This information is important for employers, educators, and government for workforce and educational planning, and employment research. It is also important to LPNs, the profession that works closely with HCAs. The Government of Alberta is committed to having a competent and valued health care workforce. This directory is an important step towards achieving this goal and CLPNA is proud to be leading this initiative.

RELATED – Alberta Health Care Aide Directory


  1. LPNs work closely with HCAs and having a greater awareness of the HCAs core competencies supports you in your leadership and collaboration.
  2. The CLPNA has a long history of working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders, including government and employers.
  3. The CLPNA understands the HCA competencies and role, and has a strong track record of smooth enrollment and registration processes for its own members.

For more information about the Alberta Health Care Aide Directory, please visit the website at www.albertahcadirectory.com.

Computer-based testing for national CPNRE exam coming in May

Posted on: September 28, 2015 by CLPNA

CPNRE computer-based testing in May 2016

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is very pleased to be collaborating with other provincial regulatory colleagues and Assessment Strategies Inc. to implement computer-based testing to deliver the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE®) starting in May 2016.

The Regulators and Assessment Strategies Inc. have been working to make the transition from paper-and-pencil to computer-based testing a successful undertaking for those entering the profession and taking the CPNRE®.

As Regulators, we know that technology is playing an enhanced role in the delivery of licensure/registration examinations. We want to be proactive and take advantage of opportunities technology offers. Computer-based testing allows test writers to take the CPNRE® on a computer in a proctored test centre. This allows Regulators to offer the CPNRE® more often and at more sites across Canada.


Most LPNs renewing registration for 2016 starting Oct 1

Posted on: September 23, 2015 by CLPNA

2016 Registration Renewal
Beginning October 1, 2015, most Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in Alberta will renew their registration for an Active Practice Permit for the 2016 calendar year.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) encourages members to renew before the December 1 deadline for the lowest fee and best access to support. Those renewing before November 1 will be entered in a draw for $350 cash! This will be the first Registration Renewal requiring LPNs to complete their Learning Plan using the 3rd Edition of the Competency Profile for LPNs released in June.

Members must complete the annual Registration Renewal Application in order to:


PN Student Research at Cutting Edge of Wound Care

Posted on: August 31, 2015 by CLPNA

Student Research

New advances in wound care and closure were recently researched by practical nurse students at Edmonton’s NorQuest College.

Supervised by NorQuest instructor Harrison Applin, PhD, RN, Valentina Sagdeeva and Shannon McIvor’s paper, titled “Student Inquiry: Cold Plasma and Chitosan Wound Welding”, reports on an Israeli-developed wound closure procedure using cold helium plasma and chitosan film to effectively weld wounds closed.

RESEARCH PAPER – “Student Inquiry: Cold Plasma and Chitosan Wound Welding”

Chitosan is a commercially-produced substance made from chitin, ”the structural element in the exoskeleton of crustaceans (e.g., crabs and shrimps) and the cell walls of fungi”, and offers “good biocompatibility and biodegradability and is capable of accelerating the wound healing process” (Hants et al., 2014, p. 4).

Their research also reports on the benefits of plasma treatment on patients and healthcare providers, and includes a case study on using this material and technique on a patient recovering from Caesarian section.

The CLPNA is pleased to spotlight this excellent student research.

For more research by and for Licensed Practical Nurses, see the “Research & Resources” section in CLPNA’s Supportive Documents.

Canadian Regulators Launch New Application Process for Internationally Educated Nurses

Posted on: August 26, 2015 by CLPNA

National Nursing Assessment Service logo

New process introduces rigorous national standards while speeding up credential recognition.

Toronto, ON – August 26, 2015 – Today, the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) announced the official launch of a new, streamlined process for internationally educated nurses (IENs) applying for licensure to practice in Canada. The NNAS, which is a partnership of Canadian nursing regulatory bodies, now offers a single, national online application process for IENs.

With a mandate to protect the public, nurse regulators had a shared vision of creating an assessment process that was open, fair and consistent, while ensuring that the standards for nursing care in Canada are met. They are the first health regulatory group in Canada to create one common application process for internationally trained professionals.

The new process offers an easy, direct and secure way for IENs to submit their documents for Canadian nursing registration. It allows greater transparency, timeliness and predictability across jurisdictions and most importantly, this service applies rigorous standards for assessing qualifications and protecting the public.


Get your copy of Competency Profile for LPNs, 3rd Ed.

Posted on: August 10, 2015 by CLPNA

Get your copy of Competency Profile 3rd Ed

Binders are now available to order with the new 3rd Edition of the Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses, released in June 2015 by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).

The 274-page document defines LPN scope of practice in Alberta.

The Competency Profile is a key document for LPNs, LPN employers, and stakeholders such as educators.

The Profile:

  • identifies base competencies of a typical entry to practice LPN
  • serves as a tool for LPNs interested in changing or advancing their area of practice or scope of practice
  • provides direction to Practical Nurse Educators regarding essential curriculum components
  • guides employers in understanding full scope of practice for role optimization of LPNs across all care settings
  • provides a benchmark for performance management and review

Order a Competency Profile


Print versions available:

  • BINDER – Continuing Competency Program for LPNs (in 3-Ring Binder) with Competency Profile for LPNs, 3rd Ed.; Standards of Practice & Code of Ethics (2013) & more. ($50 member or $55 non-member)
  • INSERT – Competency Profile for LPNs, 3rd Edition (2015) (shrink-wrapped; 3 hole-punched; insert-only, not in a binder). ($40)

Questions? Contact info@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).