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

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, 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


Nurses’ Conference inspires and informs: 2017 CLPNA AGM & Conference

Posted on: December 21, 2016 by CLPNA

2017 CLPNA AGM and Conference logo

The excitement is palpable!

Celebration70!, our 2017 CLPNA AGM & Conference, proves to be another winner from this country’s top healthcare and motivational thinkers. To top it off, Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses are celebrating the 70th Anniversary of our profession with a formal gala Awards Dinner and some special surprises!

Over 400 Licensed Practical Nurses, Health Care Aides, and affiliated health professionals will join the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) for the 2.5 day professional development event, April 26-28, 2017 in Calgary at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino.

Reduced “Early Bird” registration fees are available until March 30. Register before it sells out!

Call for Abstracts to make oral presentations at the Conference is open until January 31, 2017.

Conference Website

Invite a Health Care Aide colleague

LPNs are invited to register a Health Care Aide colleague who will receive a reduced rate to attend this event. During the conference’s concurrent sessions, we’re presenting a special workshop for HCAs and all health providers: “A Celebration of Health Care Aides and the Integration of a Palliative Approach”.

Register Now

Keynote Presentations


Save the Date: CLPNA Annual General Meeting welcomes LPNs and public

Posted on: December 19, 2016 by CLPNA

2017 Annual General Meeting

All LPNs and interested members of the public are welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) in Calgary on April 26.

The meeting takes place immediately before the annual CLPNA Conference celebrating the profession’s 70th Anniversary. This two and a half day event will connect 400 LPNs, employers, stakeholders and affiliated health professionals with information regarding nursing practice and professionalism.

CLPNA’s Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

4:00 – 5:30pm
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, Calgary, Alberta


Sharing the competent, committed, care of Licensed Practical Nurses with Albertans

Posted on: November 25, 2016 by CLPNA

Who are Licensed Practical Nurses?

The voices of five dedicated Licensed Practical Nurses can be heard in our latest public service announcements on GlobalTV, HUTV, CTV Digital and an Alberta-wide radio campaign in December through January.

Licensed Practical Nurses are the second-largest regulated nursing profession in Alberta and Canada, after registered nurses. In 2016, there are over 14,000 LPNs currently registered in Alberta.

As a professional nurse, LPNs primarily work in direct nursing care in acute care, community care and continuing care. With well-developed assessment and critical thinking skills, LPNs formulate nursing diagnoses, plan interventions, provide health education, and evaluate response to treatment in collaboration with clients and other health professionals.

But sometimes stories can better show the heart, and head, of a nurse. 

Our Latest Story…

Licensed Practical Nurses supporting 8-year-old Enna and her family with pediatric home care


Opioid crisis: CLPNA supports harm reduction strategies

Posted on: November 25, 2016 by CLPNA


On October 27, the Alberta Government announced new programs to address overdoses and deaths related to fentanyl and other opioids including harm reduction strategies to address opioid misuse.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) supports supervised consumption services (i.e., supervising safe injection of street drugs) and the role the Licensed Practical Nurse will take on in providing supervised consumption services and other harm reduction services. The CLPNA is pleased to partner with Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) and to work in partnership with the provincial government and other organizations on this new initiative.


PRACTICE GUIDELINE: Independent Practice for the LPN

Posted on: November 23, 2016 by CLPNA


The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta applauds the growing number of entrepreneurial LPNs in our membership. As a regulated health professional, the LPN must take care to support their business with the nursing and legal policies and procedures necessary to protect the public. To support these entrepreneurs, the CLPNA created a new Practice Guideline “Independent Practice for the Licensed Practical Nurse”.

Download Practice Guideline


FACT SHEET: Cannabis for Medical Purposes

Posted on: November 23, 2016 by CLPNA


On August 24, 2016, the federal government released the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). The regulations outline how Canadians can access and possess cannabis and its derivatives to help manage the symptoms associated with a variety of disorders and conditions. The CLPNA has developed a FACT Sheet to let LPNs know how the ACMPR may impact their practice: “Cannabis for Medical Purposes – The Role of The Licensed Practical Nurse in Alberta”.

Download Fact Sheet