The Council is the governing body of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta consisting of Licensed Practical Nurses elected from each of the seven CLPNA Districts, plus the President. In addition, the Health Professions Act requires the provincial government to appoint three public representatives to sit on this Council and represent the views of the people of Alberta.
If you would like to contact the Council Member for the district you reside in, contact the CLPNA office at email@example.com and a message will be forwarded to the appropriate member.
- March 23, 2017
- April 26-28, 2017 – CLPNA AGM & Conference (Calgary)
- June 9, 2017
- September 28, 2017
- TBD – Think Tank
- December 7, 2017
Council Member Duties
The Council is responsible for the overall general direction of the College through Policy Governance. The Council is responsible for:
- setting CLPNA strategic direction including Mission, Vision, Mandate, and Outcomes.
- establishing, maintaining and monitoring Bylaws, Regulations, Standards of Practice, and Code of Ethics (see Legislation, Practice & Policy)
- approving practical nurse education programs in Alberta
- reviewing annual financial statements
- selecting, directing, assessing, coaching and disciplining the Chief Executive Officer
- establishing and supporting Council Committees
- reviewing Council performance
- hearing appeals on matters of conduct or registration
The Council does not manage day to day operations, or the “means” of achieving outcomes. Formally, the Council deals with College business through the Chief Executive Officer.
An ideal Council Member has the following characteristics:
- Passion about CLPNA’s Mandate – “To lead and regulate the profession in a manner that protects and serves the public through excellence in Practical Nursing.”
- Critical Thinker – Able to examine interpretations, evidence, and proposed decisions against existing policies to determine consistency and compliance.
- Future Thinker – Able to see the “big picture”; can think strategically in terms of systems.
- Servant-Leader – Willingness and ability to understand LPN / stakeholder / public perspectives and make decisions on their behalf, and to gain in-depth knowledge of the issues and implications of decisions.
- Active Participant – Able to articulate ideas well; willing to debate in a constructive manner.
- Commitment – Willing to devote time for meeting preparation, additional learning, and to attend all required meetings.
Term of Office
The terms of office of each Council member is three (3) years starting September 1 of the year of election, and may be renewed once, with the exception of those Districts affected by the Transitional Plan (CLPNA Bylaws, Appendix A).
Attendance & Honorarium
Serving on Council requires a significant amount of time to prepare for and attend meetings, committee work, preparation, ownership linkage, board education, and initial orientation.
The time commitment expected from a Council member is approximately as follows:
- ½ day initial orientation with one (1) to two (2) days governance education.
- ½ day prep work for each meeting, one (1) to two (2) day meetings quarterly to review reports of CLPNA business and plan upcoming goals.
- Three (3) days as host of the annual CLPNA Conference
- One (1) day as host for the annual Think Tank
For a total of approximately thirteen (13) days attendance per year plus any additional meetings as needed.
Travel expenses and an honorarium for meeting attendance is provided.
Former CLPNA President Ruth Wold, LPN, has said that what she found rewarding about her role on Council is that it enables her the ability to impact change for her profession. It allowed her the ability to see the bigger picture of nursing nationally and what is happening in nursing and healthcare across Alberta.
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