Think Tank sets stage for future innovation of Alberta LPN profession

ad_Think_Tank_2013Preparing the Licensed Practical Nurse profession for the future was a focus of the Think Tank hosted by the Council of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) on December 5.

The nearly 70 participants included influential leaders from government, Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, educational colleges, licensed practical nurses, and CLPNA’s Council and staff.

The Think Tank will inform the CLPNA’s Council as it sets strategic direction for the next 10 years.

Panelists presented on the subjects of Alberta’s future economics, demographic, epidemiological, and technological trends and their impact on service delivery. Several presentations detailed government’s, Alberta Health Services’, and Covenant Health’s plans for the future of acute, primary, and continuing care, and seniors’ services. Also, potential impacts from the LPN, regulatory and employer’s perspectives were noted.

Included among the speakers were:

  • Lorraine McKay, Assistant Deputy Minister, Seniors’ Services and Continuing Care
  • Mark Parsons, Deputy Chief Economist, Alberta Health
  • Deb Gordon, Senior Vice President and Chief Health Professions Officer, Alberta Health Services
  • David O Brien, Senior Vice President, Primary & Community Care, Alberta Health Services

Other guest presenters were Bernard Anderson, Executive Director, Alberta Health; Linda Moore Martin, Dean, Red Deer College; Sheli Murphy, Senior VP, Covenant Health; Vivien Lai, Consultant; Dr. Duncan Robertson, Senior Medical Director, Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Networks; Cheryl Knight, Executive Director, Alberta Health Services; Line Porfon, Executive Lead, Alberta Health; Dr. Kim Fraser, Professor, University of Alberta; Trudy Harbidge, Senior Director, Alberta Health Services; and Michelle Carew, Director of Care, Lifestyle Options.

Stephen Lewis moderated the event.

CLPNA’s Council expects to complete their strategic planning by Spring 2014.