Who is your biggest fan? Nominations for non-LPN Interprofessional Award ends March 23

Posted on: March 16, 2017 by CLPNA


A DOCTOR? A director? A nurse manager? Who is the biggest fan of LPNs in your workplace? 

This is your chance to have them recognized and honoured!

A final one-week window has just opened for LPNs to submit a nomination for the CLPNA’s Interprofessional Development Award.

Nominations accepted until Thursday, March 23 at 11:55pm (MDT). 


CLPNA clarifies LPN reference in CNA draft Code of Ethics

Posted on: March 09, 2017 by CLPNA

UPDATE (Mar. 10/17) – The following message was updated to provide additional clarity. 

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) has recently become aware that the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) is undertaking a review of the Canadian Nurses Association’s draft Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses.

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), a non-regulatory body, has created the DRAFT Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses with input from RNs and PN Canada (the PN associations from Ontario and British Columbia).

Due to our regulatory mandate, and as the professional regulatory body for Licensed Practical Nurses in Alberta, CLPNA is a member of the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators.

The Council of the CLPNA adopted the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulator’s Code of Ethics for Licensed Practical Nurses in Canada in 2013, which Licensed Practical Nurses in Alberta are expected to abide by.

RELATED – CLPNA adopts New Standards, Code of Ethics, more

The Canadian Nurses Association is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta is the professional and regulatory body for Alberta’s Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.

Questions? Contact Shirley Pate, Director of Policy, at spate@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

“Caring for Caregivers” Navigator Workshop in Edmonton, Calgary

Posted on: February 23, 2017 by CLPNA


UPDATE (Mar. 17/17) – The workshops have been rescheduled from March to June. Our apologies for any inconvenience. 

Want to support to your client’s caregivers, but aren’t sure how?

Family caregivers have been referred to as the backbone of the healthcare system because they are vital, yet invisible, and often vulnerable themselves.  There are more than 600,000 caregivers in Alberta, who care for family members and friends with challenges such as illness, disability or aging.

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Join us June 20 March 28 in Edmonton or June 22 March 30 in Calgary for CLPNA’s one-day workshop, presented in partnership with Caregivers Alberta, to learn about the Navigator Program.


Opioid Crisis: Fentanyl Info and Resources

Posted on: February 14, 2017 by CLPNA

Opioid Crisis Fentanyl Resources

Alberta Health Services’s recent statistics show the continuing rise of deaths and emergency care visits related to fentanyl and other opioid overdoses in Alberta.

In the interest of public safety, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta urges Licensed Practical Nurses to educate themselves on this topic. First, to learn the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose and the use of naloxone to reverse an overdose. Secondly, but no less importantly, to protect themselves from the dangers of opioid exposure.

RELATED – Opioid crisis: CLPNA supports harm reduction strategies

In October, the CLPNA announced their support for the development of supervised safe injection sites, and the future role of the Licensed Practical Nurse in this and other harm reduction services.

AHS Resources & Info

Fentanyl Info for Health Professionals

Take-home Naloxone Program

Questions? Contact CLPNA’s Practice Consultants at practice@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

With Co-Worker Abuse, “Things Need to Change” on Pink Shirt Day

Posted on: February 13, 2017 by CLPNA

Pink Shirt Day

Intimidation, infighting, undermining… 90% of Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses say they’ve witnessed a nurse bullying another nurse.

Abuse is affecting our co-workers, our wellbeing and it is undermining patient care.

Join us on February 22 in support of the Pink Shirt Day – Anti-Bullying Campaign to raise awareness around this important issue. CLPNA will be hosting a collaborative webinar from 12:00 – 1:00pm with Alberta Health Services Employee Relations: “Things need to Change” and “What can I do? How to Confront, Address and Prevent Disruptive Behavior and Bullying in the Workplace”.


Career Directions© & Building Mentoring Relationships Workshops in Edmonton

Posted on: January 26, 2017 by CLPNA


Take charge of your career! 

Career guidance and peer support is available though our two upcoming, full-day Workshops in Edmonton this March: Career Directions© and Building Successful Mentoring Relationships. Register for one or both using the Registration Form below!

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Expert coaches Mary M. Wheeler RN, MEd, PCC and Michelle Cooper RN, MScN, ACC from donnerwheeler will lead the day. Created specifically for nurses, you won’t want to miss these professional development opportunities. Only $25 per workshop (incl. GST) which includes a workbook, continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks.

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


Rise. And Shine. An LPN Pep Talk. – CARE Magazine

Posted on: January 11, 2017 by CLPNA


“A butterfly flaps its wings. Across the world, a hurricane is set in motion.” – Chaos Theory

An award-winning young Licensed Practical Nurse wears many hats in her quest to keep learning and building community while staying true to her rural roots in our feature article, “Rise. And Shine.” Learn the whole story, from Alberta to Guatemala, in the Winter 2016 issue of CARE magazine.

Also in this issue


Honour a Shining Star: LPN Award Nominations open until Feb 15

Posted on: January 06, 2017 by CLPNA

LPN Awards of Excellence 2017

UPDATE (Feb 24/17) – Nominations extended to March 1, 2017. 

Think about the most exemplary Licensed Practical Nurse or healthcare professional you know. That person who exceeds expectations on the job and in the community. Is this the year they deserve to be recognized? 

Nominations are open for the 2017 LPN Awards of Excellence until February 15 March 1, 2017.

LPN award recipients receive a $1000 cash prize, a commemorative crystal award, and are honoured in front of their peers by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) at the 2017 CLPNA AGM & Conference Awards Dinner on April 27.

The new online Nomination Form is sure to make the process even easier.
How to Nominate

Pat Fredrickson Excellence in Leadership Award (LPN)


$2500 available via David King Bursary for Education diploma/certificate students

Posted on: January 06, 2017 by CLPNA

David King Bursary Applications

Up to $2500 is available to assist Licensed Practical Nurses taking an Education or Adult Education degree or certificate through the David King Bursary.

Applicants must meet the Eligibility Criteria, including that they are CLPNA members with an Active Practice Permit and in good standing.

The Bursary recipients are chosen by a Selection Committee of the Fredrickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPNs.

The Application Deadline is February 15, 2017.

How to Apply

How to Apply

See David King Bursary for How to Apply, Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, and Frequently Asked Questions.


Contact Donna Doerr, Foundation Assistant, at ddoerr@clpna.com, 780-484-8886, or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).


Next Career Directions© Webinars: Visioning (Jan 10) & Planning (Feb 7)

Posted on: December 28, 2016 by CLPNA


Register for the next two webinars in the Career Directions© Planning and Development Webinar Series: “Creating your Career Vision” (January 10, 2017) and “Developing your Strategic Career Plan” (February 7, 2017). Attendance at previous webinars is not required.

The webinars are part of the Five Phase Donner-Wheeler Career Planning and Development Model: Scanning, Assessing, Visioning, Planning and Marketing. Mary M. Wheeler RN, MEd, PCC, partner in donnerwheeler, will be presenting.

RELATED – Career Directions©

Career Directions© Planning and Development Webinar Series