Category: Policy

Consultation: Standards of Practice on Boundary Violations

An update has been made to the Standards of Practice on Boundary Violations: Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct. This update aligns with the recent amendment to the Health Professions (Protecting Women and Girls) Amendment Act, 2022 that strengthened provincial laws banning female genital mutilation in Alberta. Moreover, there were editorial changes and…

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Updated Documents Help LPNs Navigate Privacy and Confidentiality Obligations and their Duty to Report

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) has updated three documents: the Confidentiality Guideline, Privacy Legislation in Alberta Interpretive Document, and Duty to Report Interpretive Document. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) have a professional and ethical responsibility to practice within the relevant laws governing privacy and confidentiality of patient information. This means all LPNs…

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Updated Policy: Professional Responsibility and Accountability

Professionalism in nursing practice ensures the consistent provision of safe, ethical, and competent care by Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to their patients. The updated Policy: Professional Responsibility and Accountability discusses key professional responsibilities that LPNs are accountable for. Some key professional responsibilities and accountabilities discussed in this document clarify expectations related to: fitness to practice, professional development,…

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New Policy: Medication Management

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) has created a policy on Medication Management. This document replaces the Medication Management practice guideline. The information from the previous practice guideline has been updated and condensed to clearly reflect expectations surrounding medication management. In most practice settings, medication management is a significant role for Licensed…

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Updated Policy: Actively Engaged Requirements

The Policy on Actively Engaged Requirements for Registration and the Continuing Competence Program has been updated to include a new criteria to demonstrate being “actively engaged” for the purpose of registration. This update impacts individuals who do not meet the practice hours requirement or those who have been out of nursing practice for less than…

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LPN Feedback on Decision Making Standards for Nurses in the Supervision of HCAs

The three Alberta nursing colleges, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA), and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA), have made revisions to the Decision-Making Standards for Nurses in the Supervision of Health Care Aides.  These changes reflect updates to the Health…

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Webinar: Understanding Restricted Activities and Advanced Practice for LPNs (Oct 4 & 6)

LPN practice has evolved since 2003 when the regulation was first proclaimed under the Health Professions Act. The current regulation authorizes LPNs to perform a broader range of activities to support care provided to individuals and their families. The LPN Profession Regulation identifies the LPN scope of practice related to restricted activities and advanced authorizations,…

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Webinar: Immunization Practice and Regulation (Sept. 6 & 8 )

When providing immunization services, it is important for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to be aware of their legal responsibilities and the education needed to perform this activity. This webinar: Reviews LPN scope of practice regarding administering immunizations Discusses options for education and training Outlines provincial reporting requirements For more info, please review: Related – Immunization…

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Video: Immunization Practice and Regulation

Licensed Practical Nurses must have the knowledge, skill, judgment, and competencies related to immunization to practice safely. This video outlines expectations on LPN professional practice when performing immunization duties, including: Immunization Regulation LPN scope of practice regarding administering immunizations Reporting requirements Options for education and training The CLPNA’s Interpretive Document: Immunization Regulation Duties further guides LPNs…

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Video: Understanding Restricted Activities and Advanced Practice for LPNs

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) practice has evolved since 2003 when the regulation was first proclaimed under the Health Professions Act. The current regulation authorizes LPNs to perform a broader range of activities to support care provided to individuals and their families. The LPN Profession Regulation identifies the LPN scope of practice related to restricted activities and advanced…

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