Category: Applicants

Webinar: Connection Regulation to LPN Professional Practice (June 7 & 9)

The purpose of regulation is to ensure that regulated healthcare providers, such as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), practice in a safe, competent, and ethical manner. The way LPNs connect their regulatory responsibilities to their nursing practice is of utmost importance. Professionalism requires that LPNs demonstrate professional standards when providing nursing care and collaborating with patients,…

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Info Sheet: Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) Attempts

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) manages access to the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) through the registration process in Alberta. Successful completion of the CPNRE is required to be registered as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the province. Related – Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) The CLPNA Council approved…

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Policy: English Language Proficiency Standard

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) play an integral role in Alberta’s healthcare system and are obligated to deliver safe, competent, and ethical nursing care. As an LPN in Alberta, all applicants to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) need to be able to communicate clearly in English to practice. The Policy: English Language…

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Interpretive Document: Fitness to Practice and HPA Definition of “Incapacitated”

As professional nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) have the obligation to ensure one’s own fitness to practice. If a LPN’s ability to perform nursing care safely is impaired, they may not be fit to practice. The Health Professions Act (HPA) does not define fitness to practice but uses the term “incapacitated” to describe circumstances where…

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Basic & Advanced Foot Care

Assessing a patient’s feet is part of a comprehensive head to toe assessment and is vital to ensuring optimal health outcomes for a patient. The assessment of a patient’s feet may indicate abnormalities or an underlying disease process such as those involving complications with the heart, liver, kidneys, deficits in self care, nutritional disorders, systemic…

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Sharing Evidence-Informed Immunization Info for LPNs in Alberta

As the regulatory authority for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) has a responsibility to the public to ensure safe, competent, and ethical nursing practice. Under the LPN Profession Regulation, LPNs are authorized to administer vaccines for the purpose of immunization. LPNs are expected to understand concepts such…

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Membership Policy: Refresher Program

The Licensed Practical Nurses Profession Regulation (LPN Regulation) outlines requirements for registration in Alberta. One of the ways an applicant may be eligible for registration is after successfully completing an Approved Refresher Program. Practical nurse refresher programs support a return to practice for those previously registered with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta…

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New Policies: Conditions on a Practice Permit & Actively Engaged Requirements

When a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) applies for registration or renewal, one of the assessments of the application is to determine the suitability of the LPN to practice. It is possible that conditions be placed on a practice permit so that an LPN can practice or continue to practice under specified parameters. Reasons an LPN…

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Webinar: Regulation Changes for Alberta LPNs (Apr. 27 & 29)

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) implemented the changes to the Licensed Practical Nurses Profession Regulation (LPN Regulation) effective February 1, 2020. RELATED – Regulation leads to new Standards and Policy on Restricted Activities and Advanced Practice The amended regulation streamlines the CLPNA’s registration management and clarifies the LPN scope of practice, especially…

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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…

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