Linda Stanger, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), will retire in 2020. A committee of the CLPNA’s Council is managing the ongoing succession plan and has initiated a national executive search for a new CEO. Linda will remain in her role until a successor is appointed in the new year.
Throughout her 14 years at the CLPNA, Linda supported regulatory excellence and the evolution of a quality healthcare system for Albertans.
Linda graduated with a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from the University of Calgary and a Master’s degree in Administration (Health) from Central Michigan University. She came to the CLPNA following many successful years in leadership in both rural and urban care settings. Linda holds a career-long belief in the ability of the LPN to make a difference for Albertans and the system. Under her guidance, the CLPNA continued to evolve to be the innovative and respected regulator that it is today.
Linda significantly impacted the broader system through her authentic leadership and future-focused thinking. She established collaborative partnerships between stakeholders provincially, nationally and internationally through extensive committee work, the CLPNA’s annual Think Tank, the establishment of the Health Care Aide (HCA) Directory for Alberta, and innovative initiatives for seniors. Committed to continuous improvement, the CLPNA has elevated practical nursing education in Alberta through modernizing standards and processes, continually increasing consistency and quality in programming. In addition, an organizational commitment to collaboration resulted in important work with Jamaica and China to establish and enhance educational standards for their nursing programs.
Since Linda joined the CLPNA in 2005, LPN membership has tripled to over 17,000. Additionally, the CLPNA attracted numerous grants to support competent LPN practice and system initiatives. Focused on quality care by LPNs in Alberta, Linda established a research department devoted to providing evidence for safer nursing practice and improved regulatory decision-making.
Valerie Paice, CLPNA’s President, says, “Linda worked closely with the Council of the CLPNA on the strategic direction of the organization. She is well known for her commitment to regulatory excellence and the critical role of the LPN in the delivery of safe, competent nursing care. Linda has many gifts, but her greatest strength has been her expert ability to build and maintain an outstanding team that is nimble, progressive, and patient-centred – she inspires them to do great things!”
In her resignation, Linda states:
“I am very proud of our many shared achievements during my time with the CLPNA. We have excelled at each challenge and thrived on change. Most importantly, we have continually strengthened our ability to ensure Albertans receive safe, competent, and ethical nursing care from LPNs. With new LPN regulation approved, the HCA Directory approaching full enrolment, a strong and progressive corporate culture, and an outstanding team in place, the CLPNA and the profession are well-positioned to meet the needs of Albertans well into the future.
As I leave a career that I will forever cherish, I thank all LPNs and public members who have served on Council and our regulatory committees, the practical nurse educators throughout Alberta, our very competent and committed staff, and the many partners and colleagues I have worked within advancing regulation and quality care in Alberta, in Canada, and beyond.
To the LPNs of Alberta, thank you for the excellent care you provide each day, ensuring that every interaction with an LPN positively impacts the personal health journey of Albertans. Serving the people of Alberta through my work with this wonderful profession has been my great honor and privilege and something I will truly miss.”
To summarize, Valerie Paice responds, “Linda will be sadly missed by our Council and her staff. We are forever grateful for her steadfast commitment, passion, and the dynamic leadership she provided to the CLPNA, the profession and the health system of this province. On behalf of all of us, and the LPNs of Alberta, we wish her continued good health and great happiness in her retirement.”