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Dynamic, multi-site Education Forum focused on nurse essentials

There’s something for every nurse at the upcoming Education Forum, a new one-day event in Edmonton and web-broadcast live to Calgary, brought to you by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).

Ready for the 2020’s and beyond, the Forum’s expert presentations are immediately usable by all nurses. And interactive technologies will be used by all participants to connect and interact with the content, the speakers, and each other.


Tickets for the Live Forum in Edmonton is $150 for CLPNA members, $200 for non-members, and $75 for students. All tickets for Calgary’s Live Webcast are only $75. Lunch, coffee and snacks are included. Tickets to CLPNA’s Annual General Meeting are available at no cost. Tickets will be scanned at the door.

Forum Presentations

Chris Rokosh

Defensive Documentation 

Chris Rokosh, RN, PNC(C), President of Connect Medical Legal Experts   

Draw a straight line from nursing documentation to an improved standard of care. Identify 17 red flags in the medical record. Examine and critique documentation from real medical-legal case studies. Improved patient safety is the goal. Good documentation is the key to your defense!


Life is Worth Living 

The Kennedy Sisters, Life is Worth Living Foundation Inc.

Callie and Jaclyn Kennedy share the story of losing their sister to suicide and how it has impacted their family. Together, learn how to recognize the warning signs and risk factors of suicide and how to help connect someone who is feeling suicidal with the proper resources.


Healthy Caring: Building Resilience into your Practice 

Michelle O’Rourke, RN MA, Author / Speaker

Caring for others can be physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausting. We will explore perspectives and practices to nourish your heart and mind, including ways to sustain healthy caregiving, build resilience, enhance opportunities for self-reflection and identify ways to create a healthy team environment. Leave with a template for your own personal wellness plan.


Skin Tears, Pressure Injuries and Moisture Associated Skin Damage: Navigating Care Among the Aging Population

Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc,Academic Chair of the Wound Ostomy Continence Institute and a certified Wound Ostomy and Continence (WOCC(C)) Nurse

The predication, prevention, and management of complete skin issues in the geriatric population. A case-based format will be used to highlight how the latest evidence can be integrated into everyday practice.

A new direction

The Education Forum was developed in response to feedback from LPNs, especially the overwhelming and enthusiastic participation in the CLPNA’s one-day workshops and webinars.

The format is a significant change from the previous annual event, the CLPNA’s AGM & Conference. That 2.5-day gathering was held for nearly 30 years in locations around Alberta and featured an Awards Dinner, Silent Auction, and multiple vendors.

For more info, contact the CLPNA’s Professional Development team at Ask CLPNA, profdev@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

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The CLPNA’s Annual General Meeting at new Education Forum


A short presentation from the 2019 Annual Report will be presented at the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s Annual General Meeting on May 8, 2020 in Edmonton.

The short AGM will be presented during the morning of the CLPNA’s new Education Forum, a ticketed event.

While there is no fee to attend the AGM only, registration is required at www.CLPNAEducationForum.com. Tickets will be scanned for entry.


Resolutions may be filed until May 4, 2020. Resolution Forms available by request at info@clpna.com or 780-484-8886.

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Defensive Documentation’s presenter Chris Rokoch, RN, PNC(C)

Chris Rokosh

Chris Rokosh, RN, PNC(C), President of Connect Medical Legal Experts

Chris Rokosh is a trailblazing nurse entrepreneur who, after 25 years working in healthcare, decided to change things.

Many nurses simply accept that things are the way they are in healthcare, but Chris Rokosh doesn’t. She believes that not only can we do better, we want to do better. We just don’t always know how.

Chris’s 40 year nursing career included everything from working as an emergency flight nurse to providing home care to HIV stricken patients. As a certified perinatal nurse, she has been present for the birth of nearly 10,000 beautiful babies. She has seen all of the good and all of the bad that healthcare has to offer. Then, her work as a Legal Nurse Consultant showed her, for the first time, how bad outcomes in healthcare affected the lives of patients. She also realized that nurses were making some of the same mistakes over and over again. One day, she decided to change things by creating an entirely new industry that bridged the healthcare knowledge gap.

Chris became Canada’s first Legal Nurse Consultant and built a business based on the belief that accurate, unbiased, scientifically based medical knowledge can positively impact healthcare, law, industry and individual lives. Her recent book ‘Shift. Change. Empowering Nurses with Medical Legal Knowledge’ does just that. Chris has provided expert opinion on over 300 medical malpractice cases and trained some of the top medical legal experts in North America. Her company, Connect Medical Legal Experts now consults on hundreds of lawsuits on any given day, and works with major companies like Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Bard.

Chris is a humorous, warm engaging speaker who connects with audiences on a truly personal level. She brings a wealth of experience to the healthcare and entrepreneurial worlds that educates, relates and motivates. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear her speak.

Chris Rokosh is a prolific keynote speaker and featured in national media, including Globe and Mail, Canadian Nurse, Chatelaine, Lawyer’s Weekly.

  • Profit Magazine’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs
  • RBC Women of Influence Award Nominee
  • Alberta Venture’s Innovation Superstar Nominee
  • Award of Excellence in Nursing Education
  • Published author of ‘Shift. Change. Empowering Nurses with Medical Legal Knowledge’
  • Featured cover on Canadian Nurse Magazine
  • Founding member of the Legal Nurse Consulting Association of CanadaSpeaker and contributing author to the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants
  • Part of a national, multidisciplinary team for safer practices in Obstetrical care
  • Member/speaker, Women’s Presidents Organization
  • Developer and keynote speaker for ‘Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting’ and ‘Legal Issues in Nursing’
  • Invited participant to national roundtable on patient safety
  • Founder of ‘The Jamaica Project’ improving access to justice for victims of medical malpractice in the Caribbean
  • Invited speaker to universities, medical and legal conferences across North America
  • Media trained, regular contributor to local and national media

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