Category: Members

Changing LPN role in managing Medical Cannabis

Now that medical cannabis can be treated like other medications, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) has updated guidance for Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses. The Fact Sheet on Cannabis for Medical Purposes, in place before legalization, is no longer applicable. The section in the Practice Guideline: Medication Management that addresses cannabis for medical…

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Webinar Series: Advance Care Planning (March 12 or 14, April 16 or 18, May 21 or 23)

As a nurse, understanding Advance Care Planning, Personal Directives, Goals of Care Directives, and the Green Sleeve documents are important to providing quality care to your clients. They are also important personally. Master these topics in the three-part Webinar Series: Advance Care Planning, brought to you by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta…

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‘CAN THIS LPN DO THAT?’: ANSWERS FROM THE LPN PRACTICE DECISION-MAKING TOOL

In the minds of healthcare managers and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), maybe the question is more accurately, “Can this particular LPN perform this nursing activity, intervention, or role, taking into consideration their education, experience, role, regulatory authority, and accountability?” For example, “Can my employee Jane, LPN, give immunizations to children under 5 years old?” The frequency…

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Webinar: Integrating Spirituality into Care (Feb 12 or 14)

Care of patients frequently focuses on the physical aspects of disease. Seldom are these individuals invited to share their spiritual and psychosocial needs, or discuss how their lives have changed as a result of their circumstance. And yet, seriously ill patients have indicated that the possibility of continued spiritual suffering adds to the distress associated…

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Rules for LPNs on Privacy, Confidentiality, plus Duty to Report in new policy documents

Privacy and confidentiality can be a complicated subject area for nurses. In one respect, a major professional and ethical responsibility of healthcare providers is to practice within the relevant laws governing privacy and confidentiality of personal health information. This means all Licensed Practical Nurses have the duty to safeguard a client’s personal health information and…

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Fresh Format, Condensed Program, Lower Fees for 2019 CLPNA AGM & Conference

There’s a fresh approach to this year’s annual nursing Conference with new speaker formats and features from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. A condensed program that honours your valuable time and gets to the good stuff quicker. And lower fees for increased accessibility for everyone. The 2019 CLPNA AGM & Conference –…

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Top 3 Brilliant Reasons to Nominate Your Colleague for a 2019 Award of Excellence

1. They define ‘excellence’. Outstanding, superior, an example of the best. These attributes describe the best in the LPN profession and supportive non-LPN health professionals. 2. Their work (and the work of their facility) should be shared with others. The stories behind the Award Winners are shared in a glamorous, live presentation at the 2019…

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The Face of LPN Professionalism – CARE Magazine

DOWNLOAD ISSUE Today’s LPNs are diverse in age, background and experience, but united by a commitment to caring for the public, one patient at a time. See the faces of LPN professionalism in the Winter 2018 issue of CARE magazine. These real LPNs from across Alberta are examples of the dedication and caring of the…

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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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