Category: Policy

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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Social Media and e-Professionalism: Guidelines for Nurses

Social Media and e-Professionalism: Guidelines for Nurses (CARNA, CLPNA & CRPNA, 2021) was collaboratively developed by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta, and the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. These guidelines support critical thinking and decision-making in the responsible use of social…

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Video: Immunization Practice & Regulation

In order to administer vaccines, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) must have the knowledge, skill, judgment, and competencies related to immunization to practice safely. Additionally, the Government of Alberta’s Immunization Regulation gives all health professionals in Alberta, including LPNs, legal responsibilities regarding immunizations to better protect the public. Learn about these requirements, as well as the expectations on LPNs…

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Priority: Public Safety – CARE Magazine

“Ultimately, the members of the Complaints Department take pride in their contribution to the protection of the public, and in their role in ensuring LPNs are providing professional services in Alberta that meet the CLPNA’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics” In the feature story, ‘Priority: Public Safety’, meet the College of Licensed Practical…

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Immunization Reporting for All LPNs as of Jan. 1, 2021

(UPDATE December 18, 2020 – The Info Sheet: Immunization Regulation Duties has been replaced with the Interpretive Document: Immunization Regulation Duties) The Government of Alberta’s Immunization Regulation gives all health professionals, including licensed practical nurses (LPNs), additional responsibilities regarding immunizations. This aims to improve capacity to manage outbreaks, the quality of immunization services, and increase…

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Practice Guideline: Evidence-Informed Practice

Evidence-informed practice is an ongoing process that incorporates evidence from research, clinical expertise, client preferences, and other available resources to guide practice decisions. It is integral to quality nursing care. LPNs can incorporate this type of practice into all steps of the nursing process, including assessments, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The College of Licensed…

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Real Knowledge, Simulated World – CARE Magazine

If there’s a way to give [practical nurse students] a few more tools, a little bit more knowledge, and a little bit more confidence, it’s going to help them, . . . and it’s going to help the patient. — Real Knowledge, Simulated World; CARE Magazine, Fall 2020 The feature story, ‘Real Knowledge, Simulated World’,…

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Practice Guideline: Virtual Healthcare; plus Self-Employed Practice Guidance

Among the many changes to healthcare due to the COVID-19 pandemic is the accelerated adoption of modern communication technologies. The Alberta government announced that virtual doctor’s appointments would become a permanent care option and Alberta Health Services began using Zoom video conferencing as a alternative to in-person appointments. Through virtual healthcare, licensed practical nurses (LPNs)…

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