Committees are legislated under the Health Professions Act (HPA) to support decision making in the areas of 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.
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.
This committee meets in-person for scheduled meetings at the CLPNA office three to four times per year with additional video conference meetings as required.
The Complaint Review Committee requires critical thinkers to review written decisions to dismiss complaints of unprofessional conduct.
A review of a dismissal requires at least two teleconference meetings per appeal.
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 seven years of nursing practice in any of the following areas is preferred: acute care, long-term care, community care, or education.
In addition to the general qualifications for Committee members, Hearing Tribunal members must meet these requirements:
Members of this committee are required to participate in a minimum of three hearings in a calendar year. Hearings can last from a half day to three or more consecutive full days. Hearings may be scheduled in different communities across Alberta.