Committees

Committees are legislated under the Health Professions Act (HPA) to make self-regulation decisions to members, stakeholders, and the public in the areas of education standards, complaints of unprofessional conduct, and continuing competence.

Licensed Practical Nurse committee members are appointed by the CLPNA’s Council. Public members are appointed by the Government of Alberta.

The CLPNA provides orientation, training, honorarium, hotel and travel expenses related to committee meetings. All committee members are encouraged to attend the CLPNA’s Annual General Meeting& Conference.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

In October, LPNs interested in committee involvement are invited to submit an application and their resume for consideration. Please see our News Blog or search “Committee” on our website for current opportunities.


Competence Committee

Those who believe in life-long learning may be interested in volunteering for the Competence Committee.

This committee makes recommendations to the Council on continuing competence requirements and the assessment of those requirements

QUALIFICATIONS:

Competence Committee members MUST:

  • Have a minimum of 24 months of nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate safe and ethical nursing practice.
  • Have effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Use critical thinking and sound clinical judgement skills.
  • Be computer literate and be able to access and modify attachments as necessary.

Expectations:

This committee meets in-person for scheduled meetings at the CLPNA office 3-4 times per year with additional video conference meetings as required.

 


Jurisprudence Committee

The Jurisprudence Committee assists in the development and maintenance of the CLPNA’s Jurisprudence Examination, which is a multiple choice, open-book exam required by all LPN’s undergoing registration in Alberta.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Jurisprudence Committee members must:

  • Have a minimum of 6 months of nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate safe and ethical nursing practice.
  • Have effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Use critical thinking and sound clinical judgement/skills.
  • Be computer literate and be able to access and modify attachments as necessary.

Expectations:

This committee meets in-person for scheduled meetings at the CLPNA office 1-2 times per year with additional video conference meetings as required.

 


Complaint Review Committee (CRC)

The Complaint Review Committee requires critical thinkers to review written decisions to dismiss complaints of unprofessional conduct.

RELATED – About Complaints

QUALIFICATIONS:

Complaint Review Committee members must:

  • Have ability the to use critical thinking and clinical judgment skills.
  • Have effective communication skills, including the ability to write decisions.

Expectations:

This committee meets on demand for several hours by teleconferences 1 to 3 times per year, with the occasional in-person meeting at the CLPNA office in Edmonton.

 


Education Standards Advisory Committee (ESAC)

A background in practical nurse education or as an educator/preceptor is useful for those wishing to participate on the Education Standards Advisory Committee (ESAC).

ESAC reviews current and proposed Practical Nurse programs in Alberta, as well as specialty programs outlined in the Health Professions Act, and reports to the CLPNA’s Council with its recommendations. CLPNA’s Council must be assured that graduates of practical nurse programs have the necessary knowledge, skills, behaviors, attitudes, and judgments to competently perform nursing services in accordance with the Licensed Practical Nurse Regulations, the Standards of Practice, and the Competency Profile. The Council determines the acceptance of ESAC’s Report and Recommendations.

Expectations:

This committee meets in-person for scheduled meetings at the CLPNA office 6 to 12 days per year.

 


Hearing Tribunal

LPNs valuing safe and ethical nursing practice should consider volunteering for the Hearing Tribunal. The Hearing Tribunal ensures the public is protected from unethical, unsafe or unskilled nursing care.  Members of the Hearing Tribunal are the decision-makers at the disciplinary hearings of investigated complaints made against LPNs.

A minimum of 7 years of nursing practice in any of the following areas is preferred: acute care, long-term care, community care, or education.

RELATED – About Complaints

Hearing Tribunal Members Must:

  • Ensure fairness by hearing the allegations and facts made subject of the complaint and investigation, the response from the investigated member, and evaluating the evidence from any witnesses
  • Determine if the action of the investigated person constitutes unprofessional conduct as defined in the Health Professions Act
  • Write the decision and reasons for findings and any penalty orders necessary arising from a finding of unprofessional conduct

QUALIFICATIONS:

In addition to the general qualifications for Committee members, Hearing Tribunal members:

  • Have ability to use critical thinking and clinical judgment skills
  • Have effective communication skills, including the ability to write decisions

Expectations:

Members of this committee are required to participate in a minimum of 3 hearings in a calendar year which typically last 1 or 2 consecutive full days. Hearings are typically held in Calgary and Edmonton, but may be scheduled in any community in Alberta.


Questions? Contact Ask CLPNA, info@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).