Clarity to Bladder Scanning Supervision

Posted on: February 06, 2015 by CLPNA

Bladder UltrasoundThe College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) confirmed in a public letter to its members that doctors can supervise Licensed Practical Nurses performing bladder scanning.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) hopes the validation helps healthcare organizations to create appropriate authorization policies.

The supervision parameter is a temporary measure until new LPN regulations are approved in the next few years, states the CLPNA.

READ – CPSA’s letter re: Supervision of Bladder Scanning

For many years, LPNs have been applying non-ionizing radiation in the form of ultrasound imaging for the purposes of bladder scanning as defined in the CLPNA Competency Profile for LPNs (2005, 2nd Ed.)

In August 2014, the CLPNA confirmed it considers this part of LPN scope of practice by releasing the Fact Sheet “Authorization for Bladder Scanning with Supervision”.

READ – CLPNA’s Fact Sheet: Authorization for Bladder Scanning with Supervision

Questions? Contact CLPNA’s Practice Consultants at or 780-484-8886.

Get on a more effective path at the CLPNA’s AGM & Conference

Posted on: February 04, 2015 by CLPNA

2015 CLPNA AGM and ConferenceJoin the CLPNA in Banff this Spring to strengthen your understanding of how to develop authentic patient relationships in-person and online at the 2015 CLPNA Annual General Meeting & Conference.

CLPNA members, apply to receive $150 off your Conference registration fee through an education grant. See the Registration page for complete info.

Leader of One: How to be More Effective at Work and Life – Hugh Culver

We are working in a time of distraction: endless e-mails, back-to-back meetings, interruptions, and growing work demands take their toll. This exciting keynote presents strategies for cutting through the busy-ness to identify and focus on what really matters in work and in life.

With his unique, high energy approach and proven insights, author and entrepreneur Hugh Culver shows you how to get more leverage and bigger results by Thinking, Planning, and Acting more effectively in the Age of Distraction.

RELATED – Program for the 2015 CLPNA AGM & Conference


Bursary available for LPNs taking Bachelor’s degrees

Posted on: January 12, 2015 by CLPNA

David King Education BursaryUp to $5000 in bursary funds is available to help Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) taking a Bachelor’s degree to enhance their LPN role.

The annual David King Education Bursary assists in covering tuition, books and materials for degrees such as a Bachelors of Human Services Administrator (to manage as an LPN), Education (to teach as an LPN), Science (to research as an LPN), etc.

The Bursary does not fund programs that move the LPN into another health profession (MD, Pharmacist, RN, etc.).

Application Deadline: February 28, 2015

DOWNLOAD – 2015 David King Education Bursary Application Form (PDF)

DOWNLOAD – 2015 David King Education Bursary Application Form (Word)

Eligible applicants must reside in Alberta and have an Active Practice Permit with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. The Bursary is valid for one year for courses applied for between April 30, 2015 and May 1, 2016. Bursary funds may be split between eligible applicants.


Didn’t renew? How to reinstate registration for 2015

Posted on: January 06, 2015 by CLPNA

ad_PracticePermit_300x200On December 31, 2014 at midnight, annual Registration Renewal for CLPNA members was closed.

Those who did not renew and require an Active Practice Permit for 2015 must contact CLPNA for a “Reinstatement Application Form” and submit it with payment. Allow a minimum of 5 business days for processing. Incomplete packages are returned by mail for completion. Contact the CLPNA at, 1-800-661-5877 or 780-484-8886.

$500+ Fine if practicing without a valid Practice Permit

Only individuals with a valid, unexpired CLPNA Practice Permit (Active/Limited/Temporary/Conditional registration types) are authorized to work as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Alberta or use the title “LPN”, as per s43 of the Health Professions Act.

Practicing without a permit is considered unprofessional conduct and subject to the Complaints process. Fines of $500 or more may apply.


Editorial: Nursing with heart

Posted on: January 06, 2015 by CLPNA
Jo-Anne Macdonald-Watson, President, and Linda Stanger, Executive Director

Jo-Anne Macdonald-Watson, President, and Linda Stanger, Executive Director

by Jo-Anne Macdonald-Watson, President and Linda Stanger, Executive Director.

We are all aging – in fact over 10% of Albertans are over the age of 65. As professionals, we each have a part in creating the type of environment that we would want to grow old in. Today, health professionals work with seniors in all aspects of care – emergency, acute care, clinics, home care, supportive living and long-term care. The many and varied roles Licensed Practical Nurses hold place you in unique positions to create significant culture change in healthcare – and this change includes the informed and committed decision to lead seniors care with an authentic heart.

On October 23, 2014, the CLPNA Council hosted our second annual Think Tank with over 200 invited healthcare leaders. This year’s theme was Planning for the Future of Seniors and Dementia Care.


Honour a shining star: LPN Awards of Excellence

Posted on: December 17, 2014 by CLPNA

2015 LPN Awards of ExcellenceRecognize a shining star in your workplace by nominating them for an Award of Excellence.

There are three Awards available for Licensed Practical Nurses and one for supportive non-LPN health care leaders in Alberta.

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 2015 CLPNA AGM & Conference Awards Dinner on April 30, 2015.

Nominations open until February 28, 2015.

Nominate a Licensed Practical Nurse

DOWNLOAD – 2015 LPN Awards of Excellence Nomination Form (PDF)  (Word)


“When the patient is your child”; Technology in nursing – CARE Magazine

Posted on: December 16, 2014 by CLPNA

care_magazine_winter_2014_300x200In the Winter issue of CARE magazine, the story of a Licensed Practical Nurse from Calgary whose son is diagnosed with a complex heart condition, “When the Patient is Your Child”.

More stories:

  • Mobile technology is finding its way into more nursing workplaces. Will it make your job easier?
  • Legal issues for nurses: What are your responsibilities in assessment?
  • New video on supervising Health Care Aides.
  • Nominations open for LPN Awards of Excellence.

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, interprofessional collaboration, provincial and national nursing news.


Think Tank summary report and presentations released

Posted on: December 10, 2014 by CLPNA

Think Tank 2014“What do I want when I’m old or have dementia?”

That was the challenge presented to 200 participants at the annual Think Tank hosted by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) on October 23, 2014.

Now the answer, presented by thought-leaders from Europe, Canada, and Alberta, can be read in the Think Tank Report, “Planning for the Future of Seniors’ and Dementia Care”.

READ – CLPNA’s 2014 Think Tank Report: Planning the Future of Seniors’ and Dementia Care

Additionally, all the presentations are now available for download. These may be used as part of annual learning as required by the Continuing Competency Program.

The CLPNA is using the Think Tank to support culture change within the profession and better meet the needs of LPNs as they work to provide compassionate and effective care.


CLPNA office closed Christmas Week

Posted on: December 08, 2014 by CLPNA

ad_HolidayHoursThe CLPNA office is closed for extended hours this holiday season, including the week of Christmas.

2014 Holiday Hours

Holiday Date Office Hours
Christmas Week December 22-26 CLOSED
New Year’s Eve December 31 8:30am – 2:00pm MST
New Year’s Day January 1, 2015 CLOSED

Regular Office Hours

Monday to Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm MST

Contact the CLPNA at, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

Free Online Course: Nursing Documentation 101

Posted on: December 05, 2014 by CLPNA

Nursing Documentation 101 CourseNurses know that accurate documentation is an important component of their professional and legal responsibilities, so important that a course on documentation was the top request by CLPNA’s Licensed Practical Nurses in a recent survey.

A new online course, Nursing Documentation 101, to promote high quality documentation (also known as charting, recording and reporting) was developed by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta to meet this need.

LINK – Nursing Documentation 101 Course

Using videos, quizzes, games, and interactive activities, the free seven module course provides the knowledge and practical skills needed to ensure that accurate documentation takes place in our health care systems.

RELATED – Continuing Education

“Nursing Documentation 101” and other CLPNA developed courses are available on the Study with CLPNA page under Member’s Continuing Education.