The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) encourages research projects that facilitate and support the organization’s mandate, vision and mission.
All research activities use a return-on-investment evaluation framework where ‘inputs’ (resources) lead to ‘outputs’ (activities) that produce ‘outcomes’ (findings) that have ‘impact’(promote change).
Creating Knowledge through Research Collaborations
The CLPNA facilitates collaborations with diverse partners from many areas of academic research.
Following is an overview of successful collaborative projects linked to an overview and the associated activities used to inform our stakeholders and implement actions based on our results.
- The Influence of Healthy Work Environments on the Intent to Stay Among Nurses: Perspectives from Canada and the United Kingdom; Sandra Goldsworthy, University of Calgary (ongoing)
- Examination of the Evidence-Based Practice of Licensed Practical Nurses; Melanie Neumeier, MacEwan University (ongoing)
- Healthy & Professional Knowledge Workers: Examining the Gendered Nature of Mental Health Issues, Leaves of Absence & Return to Work Experiences; Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, University of Ottawa (ongoing)
- Building Capacity for Evidence-Based Practice: Understanding How Licensed Practical Nurses Source Knowledge; Leah Phillips and Melanie Neumeier, (completed 2018) Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
- Information Literacy Skills and Training of Licensed Practical Nurses in Alberta, Canada: Results of a Survey; Kelley Wadson and Leah Phillips, (completed 2018) Health Information and Libraries Journal
- Optimizing LPN Practice in Alberta Health Services: Phase 1 Report; Stephanie Hastings, Michelle Stiphout, Shelanne Hepp, and Brandon Pentz, Calgary, AB: Workforce Research and Evaluation, Alberta Health Services, (completed 2017)
- Optimizing LPN Practice in Alberta Health Services: Phase 2 Report; Stephanie Hastings, Michelle Stiphout, Rima Tarraf, and Brandon Pentz, Calgary, AB: Workforce Research and Evaluation, Alberta Health Services (completed 2017)
- Connecting with People with Dementia: A Knowledge Translation Project; Bow Valley College, CLPNA, ICCER, and Covenant Care, (completed 2017)
- Understanding Licensed Practical Nurses’ Full Scope of Practice, Rena Shimoni and Gail Barrington (completed 2013) (READ Report via Issuu)
Building Capacity for Licensed Practical Nurse Related Research
The CLPNA works with internal and external stakeholders to develop mechanisms that will advance the LPN professional community’s understanding, use, and translation of research evidence. In doing so, we hope to build capacity for research with a practical nursing focus. The CLPNA offers funding opportunities as well as in-kind support for academic researchers who would like to conduct studies.
- Boosting PCN Performance: Understanding and Enhancing Utilization of Nurses in Alberta’s Primary Care System, Tammy O’Rourke, University of Alberta (ongoing)
- Exploring Clinical Leadership for LPNs Within Supportive Living in Alberta; Lorraine Venturato, University of Calgary (ongoing)
- LPNs as Change Agents: Building LPN Leadership Capacity to Enable Practice Change in Residential Care Homes, Sienna Caspar, (completed 2019)
- Enhancing LPN-Family Communication to Reduce Avoidable Transfers of LTC/AL Residents to the ED; Jude Spiers, Charlotte Pooler, Barbara Wilson-Keates, Sherry Dahlke, Audrey Sand, and Greta Cummings, (completed 2019)
- Building Citizen Engagement in the Translating Research in Elder Care Program, Andrea Gruneir, (completed 2019)
- The Experiences of Families Accessing Child Care During Nonstandard Hours: A Scoping Review, Chelsea Freeborn and Rebecca Gokiert, (completed 2019)
- LPNs and Case Management in Home Care: A Brief Synopsis of a Case Study Kimberly Fraser and Neelam Punjani, (completed 2018)
- Nursing Team Dynamics: Communication, Culture, Collaboration, Teresa Bateman, (completed 2011)
- Enhancing Nursing Role Effectiveness Through Job Redesign, Deborah White, Karen Jackson, Jeanne Besner, Esther Suter, Diane Doran, Linda McGillis, and Karen Parent, (completed 2009)