Starting this October, seasonal influenza vaccine will once again be offered, clinics will open, and thousands will pour in. That demand creates many opportunities for those Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who have an Immunization Specialization, and many questions about how to achieve this designation.
Due to the significant risks involved and specialized education required, vaccination is a restricted activity for Alberta’s LPNs according to the Health Professions Act.
Therefore, successful completion of an approved immunization course and authorization by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) are required. LPNs are not fully authorized and not covered by LPN insurance for immunization until the specialization is added to the LPN’s Practice Permit.
Currently, 1700 LPNs have an Immunization Specialization.
Education & Authorization
The two steps to achieve an Immunization Specialization are:
- Successfully complete a CLPNA-approved immunization course.
- Notify the CLPNA to have the authorization approved. Send a copy of the completion certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org, 780-484-9069, or by mail to the CLPNA.
The Immunization specialization is one of four restricted activities regulated by Alberta’s Health Professions Act and the CLPNA. The others are Advanced Orthopedics, Operating Room, and Renal Dialysis. Advanced Foot Care also required further education.
Questions? Contact a CLPNA Practice Consultant at email@example.com, 780-484-8886, or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).