Complete guidance on medication management is now available for Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses, and there’s an accompanying self-study course to match.
The CLPNA’s Practice Guideline: Medication Management gives principles for safe, ethical and competent medication management in all practice settings. The robust 39-page document should be a welcome resource to LPNs and their healthcare colleagues. Employers may want to keep print reference copies for their facility. This is the first medication management document of its kind for Alberta’s LPNs.
Explaining and expanding the guideline is the Medication Administration Self-Study Course available from Study with CLPNA. LPNs are encouraged to take the free, online course to help solidify their knowledge.
In most practice settings, medication administration is a significant role for LPNs. Medication administration must be performed in accordance with legislation, regulation, CLPNA policies, and employer policies. LPNs are responsible to ensure they possess the required knowledge, skill, and judgment to administer medications safely and competently. The CLPNA supports a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach which includes clients and families as beneficial to safe medication administration practices.
While the CLPNA has the regulatory authority to define the scope of practice for all LPNs in Alberta, employer organizations define the role of the LPN specific to the practice environment(s). This may vary depending on the specific care requirements, care delivery model, and staff mix in the practice area. LPNs must work within the role articulated by employer job description and policy.
The CLPNA’s Practice Guidelines provide direction on a particular aspect of clinical care provision and enable LPNs to make informed decisions based on the best available evidence.
Questions on the guideline? Contact CLPNA’s Practice Consultants at firstname.lastname@example.org, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).
Modules in the free Medication Administration Self-Study Course include pharmacology, medication management, and safety. In addition to a study guide, the topic is explored through practice quizzes, apps and resources. A final exam rewards learners with a printable CLPNA Certificate of Completion.
This course is suitable to help LPNs meet the Learning Plan goals of the CLPNA’s Continuing Competence Program and helps meet the CLPNA’s Strategic Plan goals under education and competence.
Questions on the course? Contact CLPNA’s Professional Development Department at email@example.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).