Category: Policy

Opioid crisis: CLPNA supports harm reduction strategies

On October 27, the Alberta Government announced new programs to address overdoses and deaths related to fentanyl and other opioids including harm reduction strategies to address opioid misuse. The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) supports supervised consumption services (i.e., supervising safe injection of street drugs) and the role the Licensed Practical Nurse…

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PRACTICE GUIDELINE: Independent Practice for the LPN

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta applauds the growing number of entrepreneurial LPNs in our membership. As a regulated health professional, the LPN must take care to support their business with the nursing and legal policies and procedures necessary to protect the public. To support these entrepreneurs, the CLPNA created a new Practice…

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FACT SHEET: Cannabis for Medical Purposes

On August 24, 2016, the federal government released the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). The regulations outline how Canadians can access and possess cannabis and its derivatives to help manage the symptoms associated with a variety of disorders and conditions. The CLPNA has developed a FACT Sheet to let LPNs know how…

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Feedback on Alberta Health continuing care regulations ends July 31

LPNs working in homecare, long term care, supportive living and related areas have a final opportunity to give feedback to Alberta Health on the continuing care regulations that are expiring in 2017. If you missed the Open House meetings on this topic in June, it’s not too late to provide your input. An online survey is…

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Medical Assistance in Dying: FAQs for Alberta’s Nurses

UPDATE (April 7/17): The following topic has been updated. CLICK HERE for current guidance on this issue.   UPDATE (Dec. 20/16) – The following was updated with a definition of MAID, and new info regarding the role of Nurse Practitioners.  Guidance related to the new Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) legislation for Alberta’s nurses has now…

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Proposed changes to Licensed Practical Nurses Profession Regulation

LPN Restricted Activities are under review and changes are proposed to: LPN specializations (immunization, foot care, renal dialysis) Bladder scanning Fetal heart monitoring Administering blood and blood products Administering parenteral nutrition and many more… A first look is now available at the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s (CLPNA) proposed changes to the Licensed…

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LPNs invited to review continuing care regulations at Open Houses

Alberta Health is undertaking a review of continuing care regulations that are expiring in 2017. LPNs working in areas such as homecare, long term care and supportive living are invited to provide feedback at one of the planned open houses across the province. These discussions will give an opportunity to learn from individuals and to…

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FAQs for Nurses about Medical Assistance in Dying (Physician-Assisted Death)

. UPDATE (April 7/17): The following topic has been updated. CLICK HERE for current guidance on this issue.     The following is a joint message for all Alberta nurses from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), and the College of Registered Psychiatric…

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Understanding Professional Nursing through Jurisprudence Exam

Nurses, do you feel you: •    Understand your responsibilities as a professional nurse under federal and provincial legislation including Health Professions Act, CLPNA Regulations & Bylaws, Ethics and Standards of Practice, Privacy Legislation, Nursing Practice Guidelines, Health and Safety, Child and Adult Guardianship, and more. •    Know how to legally and appropriately deal with patient…

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Brain Gain: LPNs in Clinical Neurosciences in next CARE magazine

“One of the most advanced (LPN roles) in Alberta, if not Canada.” Read how Licensed Practical Nurses in the Neurosciences ICU step down unit at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary use teamwork to be on the leading edge. Catch ‘Brain Gain’ in the Winter issue of CARE magazine. Also: How do LPNs measure up in…

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