Category: Policy

Best practices for quality nursing documentation: policy

Documentation: A critical component of nursing practice. A complete record of care is required for communication and legal purposes. So, how can LPN’s ensure their documentation contains the essential elements and meets expectations? The updated Practice Policy: Documentation lays out CLPNA’s expectations on Licensed Practical Nurses. It is intended to be flexible enough to allow for variations…

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Safeguarding privacy goal of Mobile Device guideline for LPNs

Beep! Boop! Beep! An increasing number of nurses are using smartphones and tablets on the job to research, store information, or to communicate with other healthcare providers or clients. While beneficial in supporting nursing practice, LPNs need to be aware of the risks involved with using mobile devices at work especially in combination with social…

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Council approves ‘actively engaged’ policy for applicants

The Council of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta recently approved updated criteria for the Registrar to use in assessing whether applicants have been actively engaged in practical nursing. The updated Practice Policy: Registration Requirements: Actively Engaged is meant to help applicants understand the approved criteria and whether this criteria applies to them….

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LPNs may now distribute Naloxone Kits in EDs, Urgent Care Centres

Due to the ongoing efforts by the provincial government to combat the opioid crisis and increase access to Take-Home Naloxone (THN) kits, Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses may now distribute THN kits in Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centres without an order from an authorized prescriber if the use of the THN kit is for the…

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Policy on Professional Responsibility and Accountability defines expectations

Professionalism in nursing practice ensures the consistent provision of safe, ethical and competent care by Licensed Practical Nurses to their clients. The updated Practice Policy: Professional Responsibility and Accountability discusses key professional responsibilities of LPNs to clarify expectations of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta related to: abandonment of care, fitness to practice, professional…

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Organization changes prepare CLPNA for the future

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta has completed a significant organizational change effective January 15, 2018. Download Org Chart Two new Executive Officers will provide leadership over day to day operations of all programs and services. The Practice and Communication portfolio has been split giving increased focus to each critical area. A Senior…

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Fires! Floods! Pandemics! LPNs role during emergencies outlined in policy

“Emergency preparedness can help minimize societal disruption and increase protection for the public…” As flu season approaches, how Licensed Practical Nurses protect Albertans during public health and other types of emergencies is the subject of a new policy from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. The Practice Policy: Expectations and Obligations During Emergencies…

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Updated Cannabis Authorizations for Alberta’s LPNs

The evolving understanding of the regulatory framework governing the use of cannabis for medical purposes has resulted in an update to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s position on the role of the LPN in relation to administering medical cannabis. This area of practice requires the LPN to undertake a significant amount of…

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LPNs sign up to review nursing policies under development

LPNs, here’s your opportunity! Share your knowledge and insight on issues that impact your practice area, and contribute to the maintenance of public trust and accountability of LPNs within the healthcare system. The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta is seeking Licensed Practical Nurses to take part in the review process for nursing policy documents. Sign…

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Professionalism on Social Media Practice Guideline

Social Media has become a significant part of our lives; it can be funny, informative, interesting, crazy, or just a great way to burn some time. Regardless, it’s important to consider the implications of social media usage in the workplace. The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) has released a Professionalism on Social…

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