Category: Policy

Webinar: Immunization Regulation (Nov 24 & 26)

Alberta government regulations introduced in December 2018 gave all health professionals in Alberta, including Licensed Practical Nurses, additional responsibilities regarding immunizations to better protect the public. The second stage of the Immunization Regulation comes into effect on January 1, 2021. RELATED – Sharing Evidence-Based Immunization Info Critical for LPNs: CLPNA RELATED – Immunization Self-Study Module…

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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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Webinar: Professional Boundaries (Oct 6)

Establishing and maintaining the appropriate boundaries between a nurse and patient can be complicated: cultural diversity, gift-giving, nursing family and friends, and intimate relationships. A therapeutic nurse-patient relationship encompasses helpfulness with the right amount of nursing involvement. Find that right level with the CLPNA’s live webinar on October 6, 2020 on the Practice Guideline on…

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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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Meeting Actively Engaged in Practice Conditions

In preparation for Registration Renewal for 2021, a reminder to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s members on how to ensure they meet the requirements on being Actively Engaged in Practice. By 2022, all Licensed Practical Nurses will be required to have provided nursing services for a minimum of 1000 hours within the…

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CLPNA’s Bylaws revised due to Regulation changes

February’s amended LPN Regulation created a ripple effect through the CLPNA’s projects and processes including, now, its Bylaws. Many of the Bylaw changes update terminology to match that used in the LPN regulation. For example, replacing the term “temporary register” with “provisional register”, and deletion of “specialized practice register”. Other changes include the President’s term…

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Understanding the Difference: Regulator & Union

To support Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) understanding about the difference between the functions of regulators and the role of unions, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) developed an illustrative document, Understanding the Difference: Regulator and Union. Regulatory colleges are given the authority to govern healthcare professions under the Health Professions Act (HPA)….

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Nursing and Trauma: PTSD Awareness – CARE Magazine

Trauma can happen to anyone who experiences something that feels threatening to their physical well-being or is overwhelming enough to shake their confidence or sense of security. — Nursing and Trauma: PTSD Awareness for LPNs, CARE Magazine, Summer 2020 The feature story in the summer issue of CARE Magazine focuses on raising awareness about post-traumatic…

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Webinar: Collaborative Practice in Nursing (Jul 9 & Oct 15)

Collaborative practice is a foundation for quality care. Professionals working together with shared decision-making, open communication and mutual trust are fundamental to collaborative nursing practice. RELATED – ‘Collaborative Practice in Nursing’ released by Alberta’s nursing regulators The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA),…

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