Coming soon… is flu season. Eventually, and hopefully, a vaccine for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 will be ready to administer. Now is the time for Licensed Practical Nurses to become educated to vaccinate in Alberta.
LPN scope of practice related to immunization, the administration of vaccines and biologic products for the purpose of providing immunizations to those five years of age and older, is considered an entry-level practice requirement as of February 2020. This means that students will be receiving this education in their program prior to graduation.
For current LPNs, those who had the CLPNA’s former Immunization Specialization (available before February 2020) are permitted to continuing practicing in this area.
LPNs who did not have the CLPNA’s Immunization Specialization and who want to perform this activity are required to complete additional learning, such as the CLPNA’s Immunization Module. (This additional education is only required for LPNs who wish to immunize.)
Self-Study Immunization Module
The CLPNA provides a free, online self-study Immunization Module for members at www.myCLPNA.com. (See below for how to access this module.)
Course content includes:
- Understanding national and provincial immunization guidelines and related CLPNA standards of practice.
- Indications, contraindications, procedural steps, and potential adverse effects.
- Common immunizing and biological products and vaccine viability.
By 2022, new Alberta graduates will have received this education in their base program.
Accessing the Module
To access this learning module, the CLPNA’s registrants should login to their myCLPNA account:
This module is not available to non-registrants.