(UPDATED May 7, 2021)
The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is working closely with Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services, as well as with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, the Alberta College of Pharmacy and the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, to provide the latest information to our respective professions.
The current status of COVID-19 in Alberta is reported on the Alberta Government website.
Guidelines for COVID-19 can also be found on the Alberta Health Services website.
COVID-19 FAQ’s for LPNs
For frequently asked questions, Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses are asked to see the Info Sheet: COVID-19 FAQ.
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Updated! Phase 2C of Alberta’s Vaccine Rollout Plan
On April 10, 2021, an announcement was made by Alberta Health for the commencement of Phase 2C of Alberta’s Vaccine rollout plan. Phase 2C includes, nurses, doctors, dentists, and any healthcare workers in patient care facilities or providing direct patient care in the community. Those who meet the eligibility requirements will be able to book their vaccine appointment beginning on April 12, 2021.
The following groups of healthcare workers age 18 and older are included in Phase 2C:
- Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and all other health-care professionals and their office or support staff (such as reception or security) who provide in-person, direct patient care.
- Individuals working in patient care facilities or providing services directly to clients in the community for Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, Alberta Precision Labs, and DynaLife.
- Health-care workers on First Nation reserves and Metis Settlements.
- Students who are currently in practicum placements or who provide care through teaching clinics or labs at their training institutions are included in this phase.
See the full list of eligible healthcare workers
Book a vaccination appt.: ahs.ca/covidvaccine
Appointments can be booked through participating pharmacies or through Alberta Health Services at 811 or online. Healthcare workers will need to provide proof of eligibility, such as personal identification that shows the individual’s birthdate, and proof of employment or professional registration upon arrival at immunization appointments.
Updated! Common Questions: LPN Practice during COVID-19
Alberta’s LPNs are an integral part of the COVID-19 pandemic response and must be informed about how the pandemic might impact their practice. The following info sheet answers questions related to LPN’s scope of practice and responsibility during a pandemic.
The CLPNA appreciates that LPNs are committed to practicing in a manner that ensures public safety and quality of care.
Complying with Alberta Health’s Guidelines
The CLPNA reminds LPNs that compliance with Alberta Health’s COVID-19 guidelines, such as self-quarantining and following appropriate infection prevention and control, is part of their professional practice. Unprofessional conduct may result in a formal complaint to the CLPNA resulting in professional discipline.
Additionally, LPNs have a professional obligation and duty to report unsafe practice or other unprofessional conduct in accordance with the Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, the Health Professions Act, and other relevant legislation. This includes reporting to the appropriate authority such as the employer, regulatory body, or external authority if unethical or incompetent care by another care provider is suspected to ensure client safety and quality of care.
Guidance on Emergencies, Pandemic
The CLPNA has two existing documents that will inform LPNs on related issues:
Please see the February 27, 2020, letter from Alberta Health to all regulated health professions in Alberta, including the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. The content of this letter was up-to-date when released.