Think Tank plans future of seniors and dementia care

Posted on: October 22, 2014 by CLPNA

ad_ThinkTank2014_ProgramLogo_300x200Minister of Health Stephen Mandel will share Alberta’s vision for seniors health when he opens the second Think Tank event for the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) on Thursday, October 23.

“The face of seniors care in Alberta is changing,” states Jo-Anne Macdonald-Watson, Council President, in the welcome to the CLPNA’s second Think Tank event. “The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta believes we all need to be looking forward and working together to create a high quality, responsive health system that meets the challenges of the next 15 or more years.”

The Think Tank features thought-leaders from Europe, Canada, and Alberta. These innovators in the field of seniors care and dementia will share their insights and what it means for LPNs, partners and stakeholders in health care.

Nearly 200 invited health care leaders, including professional colleges, educators, employers, government and Licensed Practical Nurses will participate.

The event is a result of the CLPNA’s commitment to ensuring the LPN profession is equipped with the skills of tomorrow.

Licensed Practical Nurses are an integral part of caring for seniors and addressing the challenges of caring for increasing numbers of Albertans with dementia.

For media interviews, contact Communications Assistant Carolyn Black at or 780-638-6711.

Contest encourages LPNs to “Renew Early & Win $350*”

Posted on: October 16, 2014 by CLPNA

ad_2014_Ready_set_win_panelA $350 incentive awaits Licensed Practical Nurses who complete their Registration Renewal by November 1 for an Active Practice Permit with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA). Those eligible will be automatically entered in the contest.

The CLPNA strongly encourages all members to renew as early as possible to receive the lowest fees and quickest customer service.

Before the December 1 deadline, the fee is $350. An Associate, or non-practicing, member may renew for $50.

Members may start the Registration Renewal process at

RELATED – Registration Renewal webpage

LPNs with an Active Practice Permit must complete the annual Registration Renewal Application in order to work or study in Alberta as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Volunteer opportunities on LPN Committees

Posted on: October 14, 2014 by CLPNA

ad_Committee_Members_2013_300Committee opportunities are available for Licensed Practical Nurses for the 2015-2016 term with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).

These professional groups ensure protection of the public and maintain standards in LPN education, competence and practice.

Orientation, training, honorarium, and travel expenses are provided.

Application Deadline: November 1

Related – About CLPNA Committees

The following committees are accepting resumes. Qualified applicants are submitted to Council for approval.

Committees accepting applications


Webinar: Making 2015 Registration Renewal & Continuing Competency Program Easy

Posted on: September 30, 2014 by CLPNA

Webinar logoWalk-through the 2015 Registration Renewal process, especially as it relates to the Continuing Competency Program (CCP), at our upcoming webinar scheduled for multiple dates in October and November: “Making 2015 Registration Renewal & Continuing Competency Program Easy”.

Sign up for the webinar to hear and gets answers about:

  • How to complete Registration Renewal
  • How to choose learning objectives for your Learning Plan
  • How to report on your completed learning
  • Using self-reflection when building your Learning Plan

This webinar is one of several help guides to the Registration Renewal process for Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses. For more help, please see the Registration Renewal webpage.


The same presentation will be shared at all webinar dates; there is no need to sign up for multiple sessions:


Annual Registration Renewal for 2015 begins Oct 1

Posted on: September 29, 2014 by CLPNA

2015 Registration Renewal logoStarting October 1, most Licensed Practical Nurses registered with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) will renew their registration for an Active Practice Permit for the 2015 calendar year.

The CLPNA strongly encourages members to renew as early as possible to receive the lowest fees and quickest customer service.

RELATED – Complete instructions on Registration Renewal webpage

Renew early and win $350

Active members who renew before November 1 will be automatically entered into the “Ready, Click, Win!” Contest to win back their Active Registration Renewal Fee of $350. To be eligible, members must submit a completed 2015 Registration Renewal application for an Active Practice Permit by November 1. The winner will be selected by random draw and their name will be publicly announced in early November.


Registration opens for 2015 CLPNA AGM and Conference

Posted on: September 23, 2014 by CLPNA

2015 CLPNA AGM and ConferenceYou are invited to attend the 2015 CLPNA Annual General Meeting & Conference!

The annual Conference of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta is expected to host 350 Licensed Practical Nurses, healthcare managers, educators, government representatives and more.

2015 CLPNA AGM & Conference
Getting Real: Paths to Authentic Care
April 29 to May 1, 2015
The Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta

This year’s theme is “Getting Real: Paths to Authentic Care”. By being truly authentic with one another – by ‘showing-up’ as a nurse in an open and honest way – we are better able to develop positive relationships and connect meaningfully with patients, colleagues and others as we provide compassionate care. Join us in beautiful Banff, Alberta, as we hear from storytellers and expert presenters who will share their strength, wisdom and expertise by showcasing authentic practices in work and life.


Video: LPNs in Leadership Roles – Supervising Health Care Aides

Posted on: September 22, 2014 by CLPNA

ad_video_Leadership_Supervising_HCALicensed Practical Nurses working in continuing care, supportive living, and home care positions may find the latest video from our Practice Department especially applicable:

WATCH – VIDEO: Professional Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses in Leadership Roles – Supervising Health Care Aides

The CLPNA also strongly recommends every LPN become familiar with and use the following document in their workplace: Decision-Making Standards for Nurses in the Supervision of Health Care Aides (2010) (PDF).

This document was developed to ensure consistent interpretation and application of the Health Professions Act and nursing regulations, and to increase clarity between LPNs, RNs, HCAs, and the public.

RELATED – “Assigning care to Health Care Aides the right way”


“Bringing Care Home”: A unique home visit model – CARE magazine

Posted on: September 22, 2014 by CLPNA

CARE magazine Fall 2014A unique home visit model of care is making life easier for palliative and geriatric patients in Parkland County. That’s the encouraging story at the heart of the Fall issue of CARE magazine.

Other stories include:

  • Does poor communications lead to legal issues for nurses?
  • Myth-busted!: People living with mental illness never really recover.
  • Changing people, changing places – Alberta’s aging population.
  • And, for members, guidance about annual Registration Renewal.

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.


Robin Williams and the stigma of mental illness

Posted on: September 10, 2014 by CLPNA

by Dr. Austin Mardon and Catherine Mardon

(Special to the CLPNA supporting World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10.)

We were just as shocked as everyone else to hear of the death of Robin Williams. The comments we heard included that he was in a better place, that his pain was gone now, that his decision to end his suffering was brave. All I felt was sadness. There are times that I envy those with depression. I have Schizophrenia. There are so many more treatments available to combat depression than we have to fight schizophrenia. My medications carry some really scary side effects as well. There have been times in my life that I’ve felt like giving up on the fight. Thankfully, I have never thrown in the towel. Mental illness runs in my family. I’ve lost relatives to suicide. I know what Mr. Williams’ family is going through right now. At least we got to grieve for our loss privately rather than in the glare of massive public interest.


How to complete your Learning Plan

Posted on: September 02, 2014 by CLPNA

Learning PlanEach year, as part of annual Registration Renewal, Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses participate in the Continuing Competency Program (CCP) by building a Learning Plan.

1. Assess your professional nursing practice

Through self-assessment and reflection, assess your professional practice using Standards of Practice and the Competency Profile for Licensed Practical Nurses. Through assessment of your current role and responsibilities, you will be able to identify personal strengths and areas in practice that you would like to strengthen.

2. Plan your learning

Prepare your Learning Plan: Based on your assessment, choose a minimum of two learning objectives that you want to complete to improve your knowledge, develop your skills and enhance your competence.

Learning Activities can include: