Edmonton, Calgary and northern Alberta election results to CLPNA Council

Posted on: July 24, 2017 by CLPNA

2017 Council Elections (l-r): Jean Collins, LPN (Calgary & area) and May Mejia, LPN (Edmonton & area)

LPNs voted like never before! More than 2000 ballots were cast in June’s election resulting in one new and three incumbent representatives to CLPNA’s Council for the next term.

The Edmonton area chose a new District Representative in May Mejia, LPN. Calgary’s LPNs voted for a second term for Jean Collins, LPN in a race between four candidates. The remaining two representatives from District 6 (Grande Prairie and area) and District 7 (Fort McMurray and area) were elected by acclamation.

Congratulations were extended by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta to the new and returning Council members.


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Celebrating LPN Awards of Excellence 2017

Posted on: June 23, 2017 by CLPNA

Each year, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) celebrates the brightest stars of the Licensed Practical Nurse profession, and the medical professionals that support them with the LPN Awards of Excellence. The winners share a passion for providing their clients with the highest level of care, in addition to being outstanding and supportive members of their healthcare teams.

Winners were saluted at the CLPNA 2017 AGM & Conference on April 27. LPN recipients were awarded $1000 cash prize for their incredible contributions to the profession. The CLPNA wishes to congratulate the nominees and winners!

Award Winners are chosen by the Selections Committee of the Fredrickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPNs. Visit the Foundation for more information about education grants for LPN continuing education and award nomination information. Or contact Donna at foundation@clpna.com, 780-484-8886, or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

Winners from left to right: Christine Lynkowski, Ahmed Elmezughi, Ruth Wold and Brandi Ward


Honouring LPNs who display exemplary nursing knowledge, promote an atmosphere of teamwork, mentor team members, and show pride in the profession.

 Winner: Christine Lynkowski, LPN

As one of the first LPN positions in the Grey Nuns’ NICU, Christine effortlessly demonstrates her exemplary nursing knowledge, skills and critical thinking. She tailors her approach to ensure she is consistently providing holistic client care. Christine actively embraces the concepts of family-centered and integrated care by being a champion of bedside report, including the patient and family members in their care and the care of their baby.

Christine is an excellent team member. She is keen to recognize when her colleagues need support, whether work-related or personally. Her compassion for others draws people to her, making her a source of comfort and reassurance.


Recognizing non-LPN healthcare leaders who are instrumental in building quality practice environments.

Winner: Dr. Ahmed Elmezughi

Dr. Ahmed Elmezughi’s nominators say he is the most selfless person they have had the privilege of working with. His kind hearted nature and true appreciation for those who work with him is remarkable. Ahmed has touched the hearts of his team in so many ways, and has given them opportunities that other nurses could only dream of.

Ahmed has supported the LPNs in their continuing education efforts to increase scope of practice, to benefit both the LPNs and their clients


Honouring LPNs who consistently demonstrate excellence in leadership, advocacy, communication and a passion for the profession.

Winner: Ruth Wold, LPN

Although Ruth was the recipient of this award in 2006, she has continued to build her leadership skills to the benefit of both her profession and her position as site manager of the Three Hills Health Center (including the role of unit manager of the acute care and emergency departments).

Ruth has a great passion for what she does. She has been an LPN for 30 years and is truly proud of that role. Ruth is one of only a few LPNs who have taken on the role of Site Manager and has done so with grace and passion. She is a credit to her profession. Ruth has and continues to push the boundaries of the role of LPN as a leader in health care delivery.


Honouring an LPN nursing educator or a designated preceptor in a clinical setting who consistently demonstrates excellence in providing education in the workplace.

Winner: Brandi Ward, LPN

With over a decade of practical nursing experience, Brandi has successfully translated her extensive nursing knowledge and skills to teach practical nurse students at Red Deer College. She represents the school and her profession with the upmost respect. She is the kind of nurse and person students one day aspire to become.

Creating a positive learning environment for her students is extremely important to Brandi. She makes lessons realistic, and really tries to get students to truly understand the material, rather than just memorizing it. Brandi is a skilled leader and she acts as a phenomenal role model for PN students.



Professionalism on Social Media Practice Guideline

Posted on: June 23, 2017 by CLPNA

Social Media has become a significant part of our lives; it can be funny, informative, interesting, crazy, or just a great way to burn some time. Regardless, it’s important to consider the implications of social media usage in the workplace.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) has released a Professionalism on Social Media Practice Guideline on  to ensure Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses exercise discretion and professionalism on Social Media.

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The use of social media has become a considerable source of unprofessional conduct for regulatory organizations. The CLPNA recommends the best approach is not sharing anything work related on your social media channels, ensuring the boundaries between your personal and professional life are kept intact.

Particularly for healthcare providers, the following points are important to consider in ensuring your social media usage is appropriate:

  • Maintaining therapeutic boundaries
  • Upholding privacy and confidentiality
  • Keeping a professional image

RELATED – Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)

For more information, download our practice guideline for Professionalism on Social Media practice guideline. If you have further inquiries, contact CLPNA’s Practice Consultants at practice@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta). 

Celebrating Aboriginal Days 2017

Posted on: June 23, 2017 by CLPNA

The CLPNA has partnered  with CFWE Radio to celebrate Aboriginal Days 2017. From June 21-28, 2017, take a moment to enjoy the rockin’ country beats of CFWE and the CLPNA’s ads.

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Celebrating Aboriginal Days is a significant part of celebrating Canada’s diversity and the CLPNA is grateful to the aboriginal community guiding the next Indigenous generation.  The Licensed Practical Nurse profession thanks them for giving back to their community and building its future.


Workplace Bullying: Things Need to Change

Posted on: June 23, 2017 by CLPNA

Many healthcare professionals face workplace bullying and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is eager to bring practical solutions to address this serious issue.

To help bring an end to co-worker abuse, the CLPNA partnered with Alberta Health Services and hosted a one-hour webinar on February 22, 2017, which is now a video (above), Confront, Address and Prevent Disruptive Behavior and Bullying in the Workplace, to create a conversation about effective approaches for eliminating bullying in the workplace. Important topics include:


Study with CLPNA: Medical Language and Terminology Self-Study Course

Posted on: June 23, 2017 by CLPNA


Listen, learn and quiz your way to better understanding of medical terminology!

Whether foreign-trained, a student or new graduate, or looking to refresh your medical language and terminology skills, the new self-study course available from ‘Study with CLPNA‘ is extremely valuable. A solid understanding of medical language is foundational to providing safe, competent care to clients.

Medical Language and Terminology Self-Study Course

Medical Language & Terminology Self-Study Course


Big Success in a Small Setting – CARE Magazine

Posted on: June 22, 2017 by CLPNA


Two Hills Health Centre is home to amazing nurses at all stages of their careers, from new grads to an LPN in her 51st year of practice. Find out why this small community is a hotspot for nursing achievement and opportunity in the Summer 2017 issue of CARE magazine.

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Practice Guideline: LPN Role in Bringing a Personal Directive into Effect

Posted on: June 13, 2017 by CLPNA


The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta has published a Practice Guideline: LPN Role in Bringing a Personal Directive into Effect. LPNs are most likely to become aware of a client’s personal directive when providing nursing care in home care, supportive living or long-term care settings; although, they may see personal directives in all practice settings.  In these situations, an LPN may be asked to complete a capacity assessment by their employer.


Naloxone Fact Sheet educates on LPN interventions

Posted on: June 13, 2017 by CLPNA


As deaths and emergency care visits related to fentanyl and other opioid overdoses in Alberta continue to rise, the provincial government has been pursuing various measures to combat the opioid crisis and focus on harm reduction.

Naloxone can be used to temporarily reverse opioid overdoses and the government has worked to unschedule the drug in over 900 community settings across Alberta in order to make it readily available. As an unscheduled drug in these settings, Take Home Naloxone Kits can be distributed free of charge and without a prescription directly to clients in certain community agencies registered with Alberta Health Services.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) developed a Fact Sheet: Naloxone and the Role of the Licensed Practical Nurse in Alberta to provide members with information on protecting the public by providing education and interventions to prevent and counteract opioid overdoses.

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WEBINAR: The Benefits of Joining the CLPNA Mentorship Program (Jun 21)

Posted on: May 25, 2017 by CLPNA


Curious about CLPNA’s Mentorship Program? Looking for a mentor or looking to be a mentor?

Discover “The Benefits of Joining the CLPNA Mentorship Program” at the upcoming webinar with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta and career development experts donnerwheeler on June 21 at 12:00pm.


This one-hour webinar will provide you with an: