In a letter to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), Senior Vice President Deb Gordon clarified today that Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) strategy to increased effort to hire more full-time nurses definitely includes Licensed Practical Nurses:
“We are committed to all types of nursing care providers, including Licensed Practical Nurses, and we want more nurses working full-time and to full scope of practice.”
Gordon’s statement is in contrast to a November 1, 2012 article in the Globe and Mail (“Alberta pushes for more registered full-time nurses, plans to hire all graduates“) which indicates the future hiring direction of AHS was centered on registered nurses and did not include licensed practical nurses.
“We appreciate the clarification,” stated CLPNA Executive Director Linda Stanger. “It’s important to our members and quality care delivery that the largest employer of LPNs in the province is committed to utilizing the skills of all available nurses.”
Deb Gordon’s complete letter to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta is reprinted below:
November 2, 2012
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
13163 146 St
Edmonton AB T5L 4S8
Alberta Health Services is ramping up efforts to hire more full-time nurses, including new graduates. This is part of our work to ensure the right care providers are in the right place at the right time to provide safe and quality patient care for Albertans today and in the future.
We are committed to all types of nursing care providers, including Licensed Practical Nurses, and we want more nurses working full-time and to full scope of practice. More full-time nurses means patients and families will be able to see the same nurses more regularly, allowing patients to really get to know their care team and feel more comfortable expressing their care needs and preferences.
There will always be part-time positions in the system for nurses. What we’re trying to do, because it’s best for the patient, is create more full-time positions and promote continuity of care. We need everyone, including Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Registered Psychiatric Nurses, Health Care Aides, Nursing Attendants and Nurse Practitioners.
Simply put, at AHS, we want to hire every nurse we can and we want to provide full-time jobs. We want to hire new graduates, nurses looking to work in Alberta, all qualified and caring nurses, and support them in caring for patients and families.
We want to work with our staff, unions, professional associations and other partners, and other partners to ensure quality of care for Albertans.
Linda, thanks for CLPNA’s ongoing partnership with AHS.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Senior Vice President, Health Professions Strategy & Practice
Chief Nursing and Health Professions Officer
Alberta Health Services