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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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

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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

‘Mixing’ it up with new experiences – 2019 CLPNA AGM & Conference

What else is there to experience from The Alchemy of Professionalism at the 2019 CLPNA AGM & Conference? More professionals presenting!

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Mixed Elements will be a fast-paced, engaging hour connecting you to info you need to know:

  1. Open minds: A fresh perspective in person centered care – Rachel Beyer, Rebecca Routly and Alyssa Amrit Pannu, Bow Valley College
  2. Sound Body, Sound Mind Project – Friday Block-Lanas, Excel Society
  3. (Dis)connected: How Unseen Links are Putting Us at Risk – Dennis Dymovich, Heart & Stroke
  4. Vaccine Safety is Patient Safety! Provincial AEFI Team – Donna Meyer, Ruth Farley and Karen Bochar, AHS
  5. An Overview of the Effectiveness of Pain Management in Wound Care – Rhellen Parayno, Holy Cross; Bayshore
  6. An Artist Visual Impression Of Alzheimer’s Disease – Debbie Hanson
  7. Empowered Professionalism a Key to Excellence in Nursing – Glenda Tarnowski, College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta

Join us May 6-7 in Edmonton for the 2019 CLPNA AGM & Conference to examine the elements of nursing professionalism, with experts from a regulatory, legal, clinical, research and patient-safety perspective.

Registration from $210. LPNs may be eligible for a $100 educational grant. Over 350 front-line nurses and colleagues, as well as health care decision makers, managers and administrators are expected to attend.

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Tears and motivation expected from ‘Greg’s Story’ film at CLPNA AGM & Conference

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Far from just a presentation, a film screening of ‘Falling through the Cracks: Greg’s Story’ at the upcoming CLPNA AGM & Conference aims to touch the heart of the nurse and ‘trigger a movement’ .

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The 30-minute movie shares the tragic tale of a young Alberta man whose cancer diagnosis and treatment was significantly delayed due to health system gaps. Greg Price ultimately passed away.

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One could read the 92-page Health Quality Council of Alberta report which describes the systemic breaks in Greg’s care. (Their analysis led to 13 recommendations for improvement.) But getting to know Greg personally and seeing ‘first-hand’ what happened makes his situation tragically tangible.

The film’s production was a labour of love for Greg’s family. His father, Dave Price will speak directly to LPNs following the screening bringing their hope that no one else’s loved ones will go through this in future. They’ve held over 100 similar screenings for health workers and students in the last year.

The movie stars Kevin McGarry (from CBC-TV’s Heartland) as Greg. Award-winning Canadian writer/producer Andrew Wreggitt (Flashpoint; Grapes: The Don Cherry Story; North of 60) and director Dean Bennett (Heartland) led the production.

The 2019 CLPNA AGM & Conference – The Alchemy of Professionalism – examines the elements of nursing professionalism, with experts from a regulatory, legal, clinical, research and patient-safety perspective.

The Edmonton event runs May 6-7 and registration starts at $210. LPNs may be eligible for a $100 educational grant. Over 350 front-line nurses and colleagues, as well as health care decision makers, managers and administrators are expected to attend.

The annual event is hosted by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta.

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Fresh Format, Condensed Program, Lower Fees for 2019 CLPNA AGM & Conference

There’s a fresh approach to this year’s annual nursing Conference with new speaker formats and features from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. A condensed program that honours your valuable time and gets to the good stuff quicker. And lower fees for increased accessibility for everyone.

The 2019 CLPNA AGM & Conference – The Alchemy of Professionalism – examines the elements of nursing professionalism, with experts from a regulatory, legal, clinical, research and patient-safety perspective.

From Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses to their managers, from health professionals to government, from health regulators to health affiliates, over 350 will attend this year’s event.

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Dress to the nines and prepare to be entertained at the formal Awards Dinner on Monday evening. Four special individuals will be surprised with the honour of the annual LPN Awards of Excellence (nominations are open now!)

Award Nominations

Everyone (it’s open to the public) is invited to hear CEO Linda Stanger share the comprehensive work of the CLPNA for 2018 at the Annual General Meeting. Handed out at the event will be the 2018 Annual Report and latest Strategic Plan / Business Plan.

Top 3 Brilliant Reasons to Nominate Your Colleague for a 2019 Award of Excellence

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1. They define ‘excellence’.

Outstanding, superior, an example of the best. These attributes describe the best in Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) profession and supportive non-LPN health professionals.

2. Their work (and the work of their facility) should be shared with others.

The stories behind the Award Winners are shared in a glamorous, live presentation at the 2019 CLPNA AGM & Conference, and to 18,000 CARE magazine subscribers across Alberta and Canada.

3. They need to know how much they are appreciated.

Every LPN Award Winner receives a $1000 cash gift, and all winners receive a personalized, engraved crystal award.

AWARDS FOR LPNs, NON-LPNs

Nominations are open for the 2019 LPN Awards of Excellence until February 15, 2019.

Award recipients are honoured by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) and the Fredrickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPNs at the 2019 CLPNA AGM & Conference Awards Dinner on May 6, 2019 in Edmonton.

How to Nominate

Laura Crawford Excellence in Nursing Practice Award (LPN)

For an outstanding Licensed Practical Nurse (nominated by their peers) who consistently demonstrates excellence in practice through exemplary nursing knowledge, skills, attitude and judgement; promoting an atmosphere of teamwork; pride in the profession; and mentoring team members.

Pat Fredrickson Excellence in Leadership Award (LPN)

For an outstanding Licensed Practical Nurse (nominated by their peers) who consistently demonstrates excellence in leadership through their professionalism, advocacy, communication, and passion for the profession.

Rita McGregor Excellence in Nursing Education/Preceptor Award (LPN)

For an outstanding Licensed Practical Nurse (nominated by their peers) who, as a Nursing Educator or a designated Preceptor in a clinical setting, consistently demonstrates excellence in the provision of nursing education in their workplace.

Interprofessional Development Award (non-LPN)

For a non-LPN health care leader (nominated by an LPN) who is instrumental in building quality practice environments.

How to Nominate

How to Nominate

See Nomination Forms for How to Nominate, Nomination Forms, Eligibility Criteria, and Frequently Asked Questions.

Questions?

Contact Foundation Secretariat Marjorie Malenfant at mmalenfant@clpna.com, 780-484-8886, or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

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LPNs navigate shifting reality, ripple effects, and self-care at 2018 Conference

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More than 330 delegates attended the 2018 College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta’s (CLPNA) AGM & Conference, May 9-11, at the River Cree Resort in Edmonton. The CLPNA’s Annual General Meeting opened the event with highlights from the 2017 Annual Report, and a look forward through the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan.

This year’s Conference theme of ‘Shifting Reality’ featured an exceptional line-up of keynote speakers addressing relevant and timely issues for LPNs and healthcare partners. Speakers included:

Dr. Greg Wells, University of Toronto with his presentation, The Ripple Effect: Sleep, Think, Eat and Move Better for Exponential Health and Peak Performance.

Marni Panas, Senior Advisor Diversity and Inclusion, Alberta Health Services delivered a moving account of her personal journey as a transgender woman and the need for Improving the Experience for Sexual & Gender Diverse (LGBTQ) People.

Dr. Francesco Mosaico, Medical Director, Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Detective Guy Pilon, Edmonton Police Service, Petra Schulz, Parent Advocate, Founding member of Moms Stop the Harm, and Marliss Taylor, Program Manager, Streetworks participated in the Strategies in a Time of Crisis – Opioids and Harm Reduction panel addressing audience questions through an interactive and engaging discussion.

Certified Image Consultant, Joanne Blake helped attendees take networking skills to a new level with: Connecting at Conference – Conversation to Connect.

Glenda Tarnowski, Director of Professional Practice, ‎College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta closed out the conference with a motivational account of her career, reflecting on moments of challenge and transcendence, and the inspirational learning that directed her personal and professional journey in Worms 25 cents a Dozen! and Empowered Professionalism?

The 2018 Conference was rounded out with engaging concurrent sessions featuring a number of topics from health careers for Indigenous Peoples in rural communities, to care for the aging and those with perceptual deficits, to optimizing the LPN role in homecare, and holistic health.

A Conference app and Facebook Live capture of Friday’s concurrent sessions were added this year, allowing for increased engagement and real-time questions and comments.

Delegates complemented full days of learning with an evening of music, mingling and Mardi- Gras theme at the annual Awards Dinner honouring excellence in the LPN profession. Thursday’s Silent Auction raised almost $6,000 towards LPN education grants, and the popular Exhibitors Reception and tradeshow gave delegates the opportunity to meet and learn more about community partners that contribute to the well-being of Albertans.

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Last chance for Early Bird Rates: Mon. Apr. 9

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It’s your time to save… until Monday, April 9! That’s when the Early Bird Rates end. Don’t miss out on a single day of this year’s conference. CLPNA members may also qualify to receive $150 off the full conference rate through an education grant.

The 2018 CLPNA AGM & Conference is ‘Shifting Reality’, aiming to prepare Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurse and associated health professionals for changes impacting healthcare. Tickets are on sale now for the 2.5 day event on May 9 – 11, 2018 in Edmonton.

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The conference features experts on cannabis legalization, LGBTQ awareness, disruptive technologies, opioid crisis, harm reduction, and professional presence… just to name a few!

And that’s not all! Put on your fancy shoes for the annual Awards Dinner honouring the most excellent among the LPN profession. Find something special for yourself or a loved one during Thursday’s Silent Auction. Contributions go towards LPN education grants. And discover the unique offerings and connections at dozens of exhibit booths.

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta looks forward to seeing you there!

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Tickets on sale for 2.5-day nurses event – 2018 CLPNA AGM & Conference

Knowledge and networking, fun and friends. The 2018 CLPNA AGM & Conference is ‘Shifting Reality’, aiming to prepare Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurse and associated health professionals for changes impacting healthcare.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2.5 day event on May 9 – 11, 2018 in Edmonton.

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The engaging lineup includes topics such as professional presence, cannabis legalization, LGBTQ awareness, disruptive technologies, opioid crisis, and harm reduction… just to name a few!

There so much to enjoy! Your fanciest outfit and a glass of wine is required for entry into the annual Awards Dinner toasting excellence in the LPN profession. Finding something special for yourself or a loved one has never been more fun or philanthropic. Compete during Thursday’s Silent Auction where funds raised go towards LPN education grants, or discover the unique offerings and connections at dozens of exhibit booths.

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