Internationally educated nurse’s applications to CLPNA closes Aug 11

Posted on: July 16, 2014 by CLPNA

National Nursing Assessment ServiceThe College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) will stop accepting internationally educated nurse’s (IEN’s) applications effective August 11, 2014.

RELATED – For IENs – Applying for Registration through CLPNA

After this date, all internationally educated nurses who want to register with the CLPNA must first apply directly through National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS), a national online application service developed by nursing regulatory bodies across Canada. This new streamlined application process will go into effect on August 12 at 1:00pm Eastern Standard Time (11:00am in Alberta).

RELATED – How to Apply for Registration through NNAS

NNAS is the mandatory first step for any internationally educated nurse (IEN) applicant who:

  • is a graduate of a nursing education program outside of Canada; and
  • is not currently registered to practice as a nurse anywhere within Canada as a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN).

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Continuing Competency Program Validation deadline Aug 5 for 2000 LPNs

Posted on: July 15, 2014 by CLPNA

CCPV logoTime is counting down for participating CLPNA members to complete their Continuing Competency Program Validation (CCPV) by August 5.

Members involved in CCP review their Learning Plans from Registration Renewal in 2012 and 2013, provide confirmation of completion, and reflect on how their learning enhanced their nursing competence.

Webinars, an instruction guide, online Q&A’s, and phone support is provided.

Participation in CCPV is a mandatory part of registration with CLPNA according to the Health Professions Act (HPA), Licensed Practical Nurse Alberta Regulation 2003.

For more, visit Continuing Competency Program Validation (CCPV), or contact info@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877.

 

Learn by Heart: LPNs pioneer an Education Coach role – CARE Magazine

Posted on: July 04, 2014 by CLPNA

CARE magazine Summer 2014Nursing mentorship and teamwork help build a ‘magnet’ unit at Red Deer Regional Hospital’s Unit 31 with Licensed Practical Nurses relishing their role as Nurse Education Coaches. Explore this and so much more in the Summer issue of CARE Magazine.

Included: More about CLPNA’s ten-year Strategic Plan; LPN Awards of Excellence celebrate the best in nursing practice, leadership and education; One family’s special LPN connection.

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, interdisciplinary teams, provincial and national nursing news.

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2014 LPN Awards of Excellence winners and nominees

Posted on: July 03, 2014 by CLPNA
2014 Awards of Excellence Winners

2014 LPN Awards of Excellence Winners – (left to right) Mohamed Abazinab, LPN; Charlotte Hnatiuk, RN; Lynn Bursaw, LPN; Stephanie Miller, LPN

Diverse in background but united in spirit, this year’s nominees and recipient of the 2014 LPN Awards of Excellence represent the best the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and associated health professions have to offer.

These special nurses were celebrated during the Awards Dinner on May 1 in Edmonton at the annual Conference of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).

LPN winners received a commemorative crystal award and $1000. Award recipients are selected by a committee of the Fredrickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPNs on behalf of CLPNA.

RELATED – About the LPN Awards of Excellence

Feature article in CARE magazine

A four-page article about the Award Winners is featured in the Summer 2014 issue of CARE magazine:

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For international nurses, National Nursing Assessment Service starts Aug 12

Posted on: June 27, 2014 by CLPNA

National Nursing Assessment ServiceOn August 12, 2014, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) will join 22 other nursing regulatory bodies across Canada in launching the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS).

A project nine years in the making, NNAS is the beginning of a national approach to the assessment of Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse and Registered Psychiatric Nurse applicants who (a) completed their nursing education outside of Canada and (b) are not currently registered to practice as a nurse within Canada.

More information about NNAS is available at http://www.nnas.ca.

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What interests you? New email subscription lists available

Posted on: June 25, 2014 by CLPNA

SubscribeThose interested in Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses are welcomed to sign up on CLPNA’s new email subscription lists.

The new lists are a result of compliance with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) which comes into effect on July 1, 2014.

 

CASL legislation requires the CLPNA to receive consent from non-CLPNA members for commercial email messages like those regarding our annual CLPNA Conference and advertising information.

The mailing lists also includes one about non-commercial regulatory matters for Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses, such as practice updates, registration, interprofessional issues, provincial & national news.

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2013 Annual Report released; gets microsite & iPad app

Posted on: June 16, 2014 by CLPNA

2013 Annual Report coverAdvance, achieve, shine…

Explore how Licensed Practical Nurses are ‘thriving through collaboration’ in the 2013 Annual Report of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).

The Report is available in two new formats for your convenience and reference: a micro website and a free iPad App (via Apple iTunes)! As always, there is a print version and one for other mobile users.

The Annual Report contains a detailed summary of the work of the CLPNA from participation in significant provincial and national projects, to internal reports from Regulatory Services, Complaints, Practice and Communications.

For a quick review of key content, watch the video from our Executive Director, Linda Stanger on the website.

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Editorial: Is Collaboration Just Talk??

Posted on: June 12, 2014 by CLPNA
Linda Stanger, CLPNA Executive Director

Linda Stanger, CLPNA Executive Director

By Linda Stanger, CLPNA Executive Director.

I am a Registered Nurse. I graduated from the University of Calgary, and have practiced as an RN in a variety of clinical settings and leadership roles. Being a Registered Nurse does not diminish my belief in the high quality of LPN nursing care.

I am honoured to be the Executive Director of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. I believe passionately in the work of LPNs, who deliver excellent care to patients in Alberta and I attribute much of my successful transition as a novice nurse to the support I received from experienced LPNs.

As an RN, I am deeply disheartened by the recent “Expert Caring” public campaign launched by my own profession’s college. The campaign suggests that the only safe nursing care Albertans could expect to receive would come from only an RN. Yet, in an era of collaborative practice the scientific evidence indicates that quality care requires a team of providers! The literature is clear that when a profession holds itself sovereign, the situation is RIPE for patient safety to be compromised.

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Nearly 2000 LPNs involved in annual learning validation

Posted on: June 02, 2014 by CLPNA

CCPV logoThis year, the CLPNA’s Continuing Competency Program Validation (CCPV) launched on June 2 with approximately 20% of eligible CLPNA members randomly selected to complete the process by August 5.

Members are asked to review their Learning Plans from registration renewal in 2012 and 2013, provide confirmation of completion, and reflect on how this learning enhanced their nursing competence. Webinars, an instruction guide, online Q&A’s, and phone support is provided.

Participation in CCPV is a mandatory part of registration with CLPNA according to the Health Professions Act (HPA), Licensed Practical Nurse Alberta Regulation 2003.

For more, visit Continuing Competency Program Validation (CCPV), or contact info@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877.