Category: Public

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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CPSI releases Safety Competencies Framework

This World Patient Safety Day (Sept 17), consider the many diverse elements that must converge to ensure patient safety. One element is the commitment to public protection reflected in the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s (CLPNA) participation with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) to update the safety competencies to support a safe…

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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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Bill 30: Increasing public representation on CLPNA’s Council, committees

(UPDATED JULY 31, 2020 – The bill passed into law on July 29, 2020.) On July 6, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced upcoming changes to the Health Professions Act through the Bill 30 Health Statutes Amendment Act. Bill 30 requires all health professional regulatory colleges in Alberta to increase public member representation on their…

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Resolving Complaints Against LPNs

Some are surprised to hear that most complaints of unprofessional conduct do not result in the suspension of a nurse’s practice permit, or even a disciplinary hearing. So how were the 169 complaints made in 2019 against Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses resolved? Find the four endpoints in the article, ‘Resolving Complaints Against LPNs’, and learn…

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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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Annual General Meeting 2020 watchable on video

There’s a first time for everything! More than 220 LPNs and stakeholders participated in a surprisingly intimate, streaming Annual General Meeting of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) on June 17, 2020. For many, the CLPNA’s first online AGM was also their first AGM. The AGM was held for decades as part…

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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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Executive Officer position opens at CLPNA

(This posting has now closed) With the recent advancement of Jeanne Weis from Executive Officer to the Chief Executive Officer, the search for an Executive Officer has begun for the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA). This position oversees the departments of Professional Practice, Professional Development, Research, and Policy. Reporting to the CEO,…

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