Category: Applicants

Bill 21 leads to new sanctions, Standards for LPNs

In November 2018, the Alberta government passed Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients which amends the Health Professions Act and affects all regulated health professionals in Alberta. Bill 21 is intended to better protect patients from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by regulated health professionals. Most notably, all health professionals (including Alberta’s Licensed Practical…

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New Policies on LPN Specializations and Restricted Activities

Restricted Activities can be a muddy, misunderstood topic. Two new related policies from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta should increase clarity on these high-risk nursing practices that require additional education, skills, and often supervision requirements. Firstly, the Practice Policy: Specialized Practice Areas explains the additional requirements for Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses who…

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All LPNs to report adverse immunization events: Regulation

New Alberta government regulations give all health professionals, including Licensed Practical Nurses, additional responsibilities regarding immunizations in order to better protect the public. The new Immunization Regulation will be implemented in two stages, the first on December 17, 2018 and the second on January 1, 2021. To guide LPNs in these new expectations on their…

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Fact Sheet: Immunization Regulation

In November, 2016, the Government of Alberta announced changes to the Public Health Act, aimed at increasing immunization rates, improving capacity to manage outbreaks in schools and communities, and increasing the quality of immunization services. To help meet these goals, in October, 2018, the Government of Alberta established the new Immunization Regulation (Alta. Reg. 182/2018). …

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Webinar: End PJ Paralysis (Nov 20 or 22)

If patients stay in their pyjamas for longer than they need to, they have a higher risk of infection, loss of mobility, fitness and strength, and will ultimately stay in hospital longer. Having patients in their day clothes, rather than in pyjamas (PJs) or gowns, enhances dignity, autonomy and, in many instances, shortens their length…

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Recreational cannabis risks to LPNs addressed in Fact Sheet

The legalization of recreational cannabis on October 17, 2018 brings with it an additional consideration for healthcare professionals such as Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses: Whether personal cannabis usage may compromise their ability to provide safe, competent, and ethical nursing care. New guidance from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) explains possible impacts…

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Pressure Drop: An LPN’s Role in Pressure Injury Research – CARE Magazine

DOWNLOAD ISSUE An Edmonton LPN’s curiosity makes her a perfect fit for technology-driven research into pressure injury prevention and education in the Fall 2018 feature story in CARE magazine. “It’s a high stakes area that is rife for research, as questions swirl around the most effective protocols for turning and educating patients.” ALSO IN THIS…

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Aesthetic Nursing in Alberta Frequently Asked Questions

Aesthetic nursing is the provision of specialized procedures for the purpose of cosmetic treatment such as, but not limited to, dermal fillers, volume enhancers, collagen stimulators, lipolysis and neuromodulators. This area of practice is constantly evolving and could include more procedures. The roles and responsibilities of a nurse performing aesthetic nursing procedures may vary by…

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Webinar: Elder Abuse Awareness (Oct 2 or 4)

Elder abuse is a significant public health problem and everybody’s business. Many Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) work in close contact with older persons in various care settings and are in a unique position to understand how abuse can be prevented and support those who have been abused or are experiencing abuse. The purpose of this…

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