Committees

Committees are appointed by the CLPNA’s Council and legislated under the Health Professions Act (HPA) to make decisions of self-regulation to members, stakeholders, and the public in the areas of education standards, complaints of unprofessional conduct, and continuing competence. 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 annual CLPNA AGM & Conference.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The CLPNA is currently accepting resumes and applications for the following volunteer committee positions:

  • Competence Committee
  • Complaint Review Committee
  • Hearing Tribunal
  • Jurisprudence Committee

Committee Application Info

NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOV 1, 2018


Competence Committee

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

This committee primarily reviews and assesses documentation from the Continuing Competency Program Audit for compliance.

Additional Qualifications:

In addition to the general qualifications for Committee members, Competence Committee members:

  • Have ability to use critical thinking and critical inquiry skills
  • Have computer skills

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.


Complaint Review Committee (CRC)

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

RELATED – About Complaints

Additional Qualifications:

In addition to the general qualifications for Committee members, Complaint Review Committee members:

  • Have ability 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 it’s 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

The Hearing Tribunal:

  • Ensures 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
  • Determines if the action of the investigated person constitutes unprofessional conduct as defined in the Health Professions Act
  • Writes the decision and reasons for findings and any penalty orders necessary arising from a finding of unprofessional conduct

Additional 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.


Jurisprudence Committee

The Jurisprudence Committee develops and maintains the CLPNA’s Jurisprudence Examination. This examination is an open book, multiple choice exam that must be completed by all LPNs getting registered in Alberta.

Committee members must have a minimum of six (6) months of nursing experience.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

In addition to the general qualifications for Committee members, Competence Committee members:

• Have effective verbal and written communication skills
• Able to use critical thinking and clinical judgement skills
• Must be computer literate and 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.


HOW TO APPLY

The CLPNA accepts applications for committees every fall. Submission of an online Application Form and Resume is required.

APPLY for Committees

Questions? Contact Jodi Lindgren, HR Consultant, at jlindgren@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).