The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) regulates the licensed practical nurse profession in a manner that protects and serves the public.
The CLPNA regulates the profession by setting entry-to-practice requirements, establishing, promoting, and enforcing standards for registration, practice, and professional conduct, and enhancing the care provided by members of the profession through the Continuing Competency Program.
The Role of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
The CLPNA exists to protect Alberta’s healthcare users. Our first responsibility is to the public. We regulate the profession by setting and maintaining standards for registration, practice, and conduct for practical nurses. Our focus and commitment to public protection underpins everything we do.
Albertans can be confident Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) are regulated through the CLPNA’s enactment of government legislation.
The CLPNA’s role includes:
- sets education, registration and renewal requirements;
- oversees compliance with healthcare legislation and regulations;
- approves and reviews practical nurse diploma, refresher, and advance training
- sets and enforces practice, conduct and professional standards;
- established and maintains the continuing competence program; and
- is responsible for complaints and discipline.
Licensed Practical Nurses are health professionals regulated by Alberta’s Health Professions Act (HPA). This legislation gives the CLPNA the ability to govern and regulate the profession.
The CLPNA is governed by a Council. The Council consists of regulated members (appointed in accordance with the Bylaws), public members (appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council pursuant to the Health Professions Act), and non-voting or ex officio members of Council (as set out in the Bylaws).
The Council is responsible for the governance of the CLPNA and the oversight of the CLPNA’s management of its business and affairs. The Council guides the strategic direction, evaluates the performance of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and approves and monitors the CLPNA’s objectives, including administrative budget and financial results.
Increased Public Representation on the CLPNA’s Council
On April 1, 2021, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s (CLPNA) Council commences with a new composition of Council membership. The Council is the governing body of the CLPNA and previously consisted of an LPN president, seven elected regulated members, and three appointed public members.
The change in council composition is in response to Bill 30 of the Health Statutes Amendment Act passed in July 2020. The Act requires all health professional regulatory colleges in Alberta to increase public member representation from 25 percent to 50 percent of the total council membership. Public members are selected and appointed by the provincial government and the remaining are appointment-based regulated LPN members.