LPNs navigate shifting reality, ripple effects, and self-care at 2018 Conference

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More than 330 delegates attended the 2018 College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s (CLPNA) AGM & Conference, May 9-11, at the River Cree Resort in Edmonton. The CLPNA’s Annual General Meeting opened the event with highlights from the 2017 Annual Report, and a look forward through the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan.

This year’s Conference theme of ‘Shifting Reality’ featured an exceptional line-up of keynote speakers addressing relevant and timely issues for LPNs and healthcare partners. Speakers included:

Dr. Greg Wells, University of Toronto with his presentation, The Ripple Effect: Sleep, Think, Eat and Move Better for Exponential Health and Peak Performance.

Marni Panas, Senior Advisor Diversity and Inclusion, Alberta Health Services delivered a moving account of her personal journey as a transgender woman and the need for Improving the Experience for Sexual & Gender Diverse (LGBTQ) People.

Dr. Francesco Mosaico, Medical Director, Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Detective Guy Pilon, Edmonton Police Service, Petra Schulz, Parent Advocate, Founding member of Moms Stop the Harm, and Marliss Taylor, Program Manager, Streetworks participated in the Strategies in a Time of Crisis – Opioids and Harm Reduction panel addressing audience questions through an interactive and engaging discussion.

Certified Image Consultant, Joanne Blake helped attendees take networking skills to a new level with: Connecting at Conference – Conversation to Connect.

Glenda Tarnowski, Director of Professional Practice, ‎College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta closed out the conference with a motivational account of her career, reflecting on moments of challenge and transcendence, and the inspirational learning that directed her personal and professional journey in Worms 25 cents a Dozen! and Empowered Professionalism?

The 2018 Conference was rounded out with engaging concurrent sessions featuring a number of topics from health careers for Indigenous Peoples in rural communities, to care for the aging and those with perceptual deficits, to optimizing the LPN role in homecare, and holistic health.

A Conference app and Facebook Live capture of Friday’s concurrent sessions were added this year, allowing for increased engagement and real-time questions and comments.

Delegates complemented full days of learning with an evening of music, mingling and Mardi- Gras theme at the annual Awards Dinner honouring excellence in the LPN profession. Thursday’s Silent Auction raised almost $6,000 towards LPN education grants, and the popular Exhibitors Reception and tradeshow gave delegates the opportunity to meet and learn more about community partners that contribute to the well-being of Albertans.

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