Month: September 2013

How to get authorized to immunize

Immunization (or the administration of any vaccine) is a restricted activity for LPNs in Alberta that requires completion of an Immunization course and authorization by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) to be performed. LPNs successfully completing an Immunization course from Bow Valley College, Advancing Practice or Health Canada (for Health Canada…

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Editorial: Staff Mix Changes… are the issues clear?

Recent changes in care delivery models in Alberta Health Services (AHS) are causing much discussion. Concerns are being voiced for loss of regulated nursing positions. The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is also concerned with the potential impact of displacing nurses in a system already strained. However, there are some points to…

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Sneak Peek: Online Practice Permit introduced

Beginning October 1, when Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) renew their registration for 2014, most will immediately be able to see and print their Practice Permit and income tax receipt from their computer rather than waiting weeks for one to be mailed. This is the latest in a series of improvements to the Registration Renewal process…

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Holistic Cultural Care featured in CARE magazine

Nursing the whole person draws on the contributions of a Licensed Practical Nurse’s (LPNs) unique skills: customs, language, relationships and way of life. In this issue of CARE magazine, how does “Holistic Cultural Care” impact home care at a First Nations community in northeastern Alberta? Also: The CLPNA’s opinion on Alberta Health Services’ staff mix…

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LPNs featured on CTV’s Career Connectors

The TV spotlight shines on Licensed Practical Nurses this fall. CTV Two Alberta is broadcasting one and two minute occupational profiles of LPNs on Career Connectors during prime-time and educational programming in September, October and December. The spots feature LPNs in interesting nursing careers and were developed by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of…

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Assigning care to Health Care Aides the right way

When assigning care to a health care aide (HCA), what does a Licensed Practical Nurse need to know? Your primary resource should be “Decision-Making Standards for Nurses in the Supervision of Health Care Aides” (2010). This joint document from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), the College and Association of Registered Nurses…

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5 surprising changes to CLPNA.com

(Updated June 30/15) A refreshed look and some unique new features were added to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s (CLPNA) website when it was re-launched in June 2013. Here are five of them: 1.       You get your own Page Essentials you can hit on. They are big and bold, standing out proudly…

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