Legislation, Practice & Policy
The following are shortcuts to the most important legal and policy documents for Licensed Practical Nurses in Alberta, Canada:
Occupational Health and Safety
Other Provincial Legislation
NURSING PRACTICE AND POLICY DOCUMENTS
Standards of Practice & Code of Ethics
The CLPNA adopted the Canadian Council of Practical Nurse Regulator’s (CCPNR) Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, and Entry to Practice Competencies as the documents required under the Health Professions Act on June 3, 2013.
Requisite Skills and Abilities
Requisite Skills and Abilities identifies the essential requirements necessary for an individual to meet the demands of a career as an LPN in Canada.
Competency documents outline the knowledge, skills, judgments and attributes required of an LPN at entry into the profession to practice safely, competently and ethically in a designated role or setting. More at Competency Profile for LPNs.
Continuing Competency Program (CCP) is a formal system mandated by the Health Professions Act (HPA) of assessing, monitoring, and reporting on the knowledge, skills, attitudes and critical judgments of a professional health care provider.
There are several new and updated documents to support Licensed Practical Nurses in understanding and applying the principles of CCP:
Practice Policies outlines the expectations and conditions for a nurse to be considered eligible for entry into the profession, for registration, and to legally practice nursing in Alberta.
Interpretive Documents promote clarity and understanding of legislation, regulation by-laws, and legalities that govern nursing.
Practice Guidelines are based on the best available evidence designed to assist healthcare professionals with decisions about appropriate practices for specific clinical situations.
Fact Sheets inform on topics relevant to workplace issues and nursing practice.
Discussion Papers analyze an issue in nursing or healthcare with the aim to inform future directions, next steps or political action.
Position Statements highlight the regulatory organization’s interpretation, stand or view on a particular nursing or healthcare issue and guides nursing behaviour.
White Papers explain research on a specific issue and proposes, or lays out, a plan of action.
Research and Resources
Research and Resources link to relevant websites and best evidence articles that strengthen nursing knowledge and evidence-informed practice.
Publications are documents produced by the CLPNA, such as Annual Reports, Strategic Plans, CARE magazine, and Career Guide.
CARE Magazine is CLPNA’s quarterly member’s publication regarding nursing practice, regulation, and news.
See also CARE Magazine Advertising.
Alberta LPN Career Guide