Category: Policy

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

(UPDATED March 26, 2021 with updated policy name) 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…

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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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Webinar: Social Media – E-Professionalism for Nurses (Jul 7 & Nov 3)

Nurses must be aware of social media’s evolving culture, understand its ever-changing technology, and have the professional judgment and decision-making to use it appropriately as outlined in the Social Media: e-Professionalism for Nurses document from Alberta’s nursing regulators. RELATED – Social Media: e-Professionalism for Nurses The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA),…

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Practice Guideline: Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is an integral part of nursing practice to protect both patients and nurses from the spread of disease. All nursing professions in Alberta have consistent IPC expectations to ensure the safety of the public. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are responsible for adhering to IPC recommendations from their employers and regulatory…

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Major milestones achieved in CLPNA’s 2019 Annual Report

 CLPNA’s 2019 Annual Report (PDF) “A major milestone this year was receiving approval of amendments to the Health Professions Act (HPA) Licensed Practical Nurses Profession Regulation… effective February 1, 2020. These amendments support LPNs to work to the full extent of their education and make a greater contribution to the healthcare team and the…

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Webinar: Immunization Regulation (June 11 & July 21)

Alberta government regulations give all health professionals, including Licensed Practical Nurses, additional responsibilities regarding immunizations in order to better protect the public. The first stage of the Immunization Regulation was implemented in December 2018 and the second will be implemented on January 1, 2021. RELATED – Sharing Evidence-Based Immunization Info Critical For LPNs: CLPNA RELATED –…

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