Scanning or taking stock of the world in which you live will provide you with the information you need to understand your world and to identify possible opportunities for your career in the future. You scan your environment before beginning the process of planning your career.


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College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
There are several ways that you can scan your nursing environment.  This section includes useful links to external resources recommended by CLPNA.  Each link includes a brief description, as well as the potential relevance to help you in the scanning phase of your career plan.

CARE Magazine


CLPNA’s Competency Profile for LPNs

Alberta Association on Gerontology

Alberta Association on Gerontology (AAG) is a province-wide interdisciplinary organization that seeks to enhance the lives of the aging population through support of persons involved in and concerned with gerontology. AAG provides a vehicle for networking among individuals and organizations interested in gerontology and to stimulate opportunities that enhance the knowledge and practice of people interested in gerontology.

Alberta Health

Alberta Health is the ministry that sets policy, legislation and standards for the health system in Alberta. The ministry allocates health funding and administers provincial programs such as the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan and provides expertise on communicable disease control. Health services in Alberta are delivered by Alberta Health Services. Some public health services may also be provided by private health care clinics.

Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators

The Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) is a federation of provincial and territorial members identified in legislation responsible for the safety of the public through the regulation of Licensed/Registered Practical Nurses. This website provides links to provincial practical nurse regulatory organizations and is a good resource to current reports, documents and news that impacts practical nurse practice.

Canadian Institute for Health Information

CIHI is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides essential information on Canada’s health system and the health of Canadians.

CLPNA’s Think Tank Summary (2014)

The CLPNA hosts an annual Think Tank to support culture change within the profession and better meet the needs of LPNs as they work to provide compassionate and effective care.


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Health Workforce Action Plan

Health workforce planning in Alberta requires collaborative work between government departments and health sector stakeholders. Government departments, employers, educators and various professional and regulatory groups work together to identify ways in which Alberta can address the current health workforce issues in Alberta.