The composition of the Council of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is undergoing significant changes due to recent government legislation and subsequent decisions by Council.
The CLPNA was mid-way into a Council nomination process in July when Bill 30 was introduced. At this time, the CLPNA’s Council paused the proceedings to allow further review and planning. Bill 30 requires an equal number of public members and health profession members on health regulator’s councils by April 1, 2021.
Due to these new requirements, motions were passed in September by the CLPNA’s Council to change the group’s size to six professional members and six public members. The current Council consists of an LPN president, seven LPNs, and three public members. Public members are vetted and appointed by the provincial government.
Additionally, the Council passed a motion to discontinue district elections and move to an appointed competency-based board. President Val Paice is “excited for the future ahead” regarding the new Council’s ‘look’ as these methods are considered best practices today. Extensive work to develop board competencies and an application process is underway.
UPDATE (Dec. 31, 2020) – On December 3, 2020, the Council amended the CLPNA’s Bylaws to enable a Council Appointment Committee to recommend appointments of regulated members to serve on Council.
For continuity, two of the CLPNA’s outgoing LPN members have agreed to stay on Council during the transition period.
The CLPNA thanks all Council nominees for District 2 (Calgary and area) and District 4 (Edmonton and area) for their interest and hopes they will consider applying for future Council positions.