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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’ .


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 died from these delays.



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.

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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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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Nurses’ Conference inspires and informs: 2017 CLPNA AGM & Conference

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The excitement is palpable!

Celebration70!, our 2017 CLPNA AGM & Conference, proves to be another winner from this country’s top healthcare and motivational thinkers. To top it off, Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses are celebrating the 70th Anniversary of our profession with a formal gala Awards Dinner and some special surprises!

Over 400 Licensed Practical Nurses, Health Care Aides, and affiliated health professionals will join the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) for the 2.5 day professional development event, April 26-28, 2017 in Calgary.

Reduced “Early Bird” registration fees are available until March 30. Register before it sells out!

Call for Abstracts to make oral presentations at the Conference is open until January 31, 2017.

Invite a Health Care Aide colleague

LPNs are invited to register a Health Care Aide colleague who will receive a reduced rate to attend this event. During the conference’s concurrent sessions, we’re presenting a special workshop for HCAs and all health providers: “A Celebration of Health Care Aides and the Integration of a Palliative Approach”.

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Speaker David Sheard provides additional resources

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Handouts that compliment speaker David Sheard’s Friday presentations are available for download below:

Nurturing Approach (PDF)
Creating Memories through ‘Being Together’ (PDF)
Culture Change – The Butterfly Approach in Alberta (PDF)

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Educate, motivate, entertain! Fresh Program Sessions

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Our Conference speakers have just refined their topics and updated their session titles. So now there’s even more to offer at the our 2016 CLPNA Annual General Meeting & Conference on April 27-29, 2016 in Edmonton.

Over 300 Licensed Practical Nurses and affiliated health professionals will join the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) for this 3-day educational, motivational, and professional development event. And there’s plenty of entertainment as well!

Reduced “early-bird” registration fees are available until March 29. Register soon! This event sells out every year!

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  • Are Celebrities Messing With Our Health?
    Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and Professor – University of Alberta
  • Connecting Nurses: Leveraging digital tools to transform health and healthcare
    Robert Fraser, Clinical Lead Nurse, Covenant House Toronto
  • Solving Medical Mysteries: The Nurse’s Role
    Dr. David Clarke, President – Psychophysiological Disorders Association
  • Strategy, Practice and Experiences in Mental Health
    Featuring Ed Mantler, Vice President, Programs & Priorities, Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • The Sky’s the Limit: Three Decades of LPNs
    Group presentation of Alberta LPNs
  • Nurturing: Our Emotions at Work in Caring – the Future Role of LPNs
    David Sheard, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Dementia Care Matters
  • Valuing Relationships – LPNs Being Authentic Selves at Work
    Featuring David Sheard, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Dementia Care Matters
  • Leader-Ship: Are you on board or walking the plank?
    Teresa Bateman, Director of Practice & Communications, CLPNA

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Plus even more events

  • cutting-edge, in-depth speakers and expert motivators
  • opportunities for networking
  • insight from our Annual General Meeting
  • our popular fundraiser for LPN education, the Silent Auction
  • abstract presentations and table-top discussions led by local experts
  • our sparkling, formal Awards Dinner and ceremony
  • and a range of exhibitors.

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For more information, visit www.CLPNAconference.com or contact info@clpna.com, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

“Nurturing: Our Emotions at Work” Keynote by David Sheard leads program

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Inspiring motivational speaker and dementia-care advocate David Sheard brings his caring philosophy to Licensed Practical Nurses this spring.  On April 29, he’ll be one of the keynote speakers at the 2016 AGM & Conference of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).

In “Nurturing: Our Emotions at Work in caring – the future role of LPNs”, he will show that the movement towards providing person-centred care is all about individual people being reached on the inside.

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This requires a newly-evolving construct in ‘being’ an LPN which focuses on the value of emotional labour and rejects the old culture of detached professionalism (“them and us”). The concept of emotional labour sees emotional competency in nurses as their primary competency.

It involves a return to the old values of nursing where LPNs are more feeling beings than just thinking beings.

In this presentation, David Sheard, author of Book 4 in the Feelings Matter Most series, Nurturing: emotions at work in staff, will highlight the findings from his UK study of emotional labour in nurses.

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He will identify what the new concept in nursing of ‘attached professionalism’ looks, sounds and feels like in the New Tomorrow and propose that care organizations will need to develop an Emotions at Work framework to support staff to ‘be’ this.

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Email signup for 2016 CLPNA AGM & Conference details

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Licensed Practical Nurses will be joined by their employers, managers, educators, and more in April for the annual Conference of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).

Sign up to receive the latest news about the 3-day event, April 27-29, including when registration begins:

The CLPNA AGM & Conference challenges 350 attendees every year with fresh perspectives both inspirational and practical. In addition to learning sessions, the event features the Annual General Meeting, a fund-raising Silent Auction, a Tradeshow, and the glittering Awards Dinner.

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12 new Concurrent Sessions appeal to nurses, health professionals

Conf.logo-option-01Discover the variety of informative, interesting and actionable concurrent sessions at 2015 CLPNA AGM and Conference, hosted by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta from April 29 to May 1, 2015.

The conference features storytellers and expert presenters showcasing authentic practices in work and life presenting to 400 Licensed Practical Nurses, managers and affiliated health professionals.

Complete presentation descriptions available on the Program.

Concurrent Presentations:

1A: Learning What’s Real: Educational Tools to Improve Clinical Practice

Using Patient and Family-Centred Practice Tools to Improve LPN Proficiency, Accountability, and Clinical Best Practice
Shelly Bohn, Patient Care Manager, Ambulatory Neurology, Calgary Stroke Program-Acute and Prevention
Robert Cooper, Alberta Health Services

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Understanding our Patients: The Impact of Power, Privilege & Trauma on Care

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Don’t miss out on the stories, wisdom and clinical expertise offered by the speakers at the 2015 CLPNA Annual General Meeting & Conference, hosted by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta.

Trauma-Informed Care

Understanding psychological trauma helps nurses promote patient safety and health to recognize their own reactions and their patients’ experience. Don’t the session on Trauma-Informed Care.

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Facilitator Vicki Enns delivers workshops that offer a highly participatory experience, with humour and connection to life experiences. Vicki has been working as a clinical therapist for the past twenty years in the areas of trauma, family violence, couple relationships and overall wellness. She is Clinical Director at the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI) as well as an instructor at the University of Winnipeg.

Power, Privilege and Practice

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