Call for Abstracts for oral presentations at nursing conference open until Jan. 31

Call for Abstracts

The CLPNA invites individuals and teams to present at our upcoming Conference their examples of past, present and future work in the Licensed Practical Nurse profession.

About Call for Abstracts

Abstracts for oral presentations are invited from a personal, team, and organizational-focus for your choice of the following themes:

  • Theme 1:             Those Who Have Gone Before Us  
    • Research, pilot projects, historical or experiential information that has guided practice within a setting.
  • Theme 2:             Those Among Us
    • Best and current practices that are setting the stage in healthcare education and delivery today.
  • Theme 3:             Those Yet To Be
    • Out of the box ideas, thoughts and practices with focused direction for the future.

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Complete details on our Call for Abstracts page.

Annual General Meeting welcomes all LPNs and public

2017 Annual General Meeting

All LPNs and interested members of the public are welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) in Calgary on April 26.

The meeting takes place immediately before the annual CLPNA Conference celebrating the profession’s 70th Anniversary. This two and a half day event will connect 400 LPNs, employers, stakeholders and affiliated health professionals with information regarding nursing practice and professionalism.

There is no fee to attend the AGM; conference registration is not required.

CLPNA’s Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

4:00 – 5:30pm
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, Calgary, Alberta

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Speaker David Sheard provides additional resources

David Sheard

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

Conference Program
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!

Fresh Keynote Sessions

See anything interesting?

  • 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.

RELATED – “Nurturing: Our Emotions at Work” Keynote by Dr. David Sheard leads program

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

Call for Abstracts opportunities for April nursing conference

Call for Abstract - 2016 CLPNA AGM & Conference


The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is looking for table-top presentations for our 2016 AGM & Conference professional development event on April 27-29, 2016.

Abstract Submission Deadline is now extended to March 15 February 24.

New for 2016, a limited number of presenters will have the opportunity to share their work with conference attendees via small group table-top discussions on April 29.

RELATED – Call for Abstracts & Submission Form

Abstract proposals should focus on topics of interest to the LPN profession, such as:

  • clinical best practices,
  • educational opportunities,
  • new research,
  • or other developments that can help the profession to continue its evolution.
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“Nurturing: Our Emotions at Work” Keynote by David Sheard leads program

David Sheard

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.

RELATED – Program for 2016 CLPNA AGM & Conference

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.

RELATED – Registration for 2016 CLPNA AGM & Conference

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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Awards Dinner will entertain with duelling pianists Randall & Day

Randall and Day

Popular dueling pianists Randall and Day are BACK to host this year’s Awards Dinner and Ceremony at the 2016 CLPNA AGM & Conference hosted by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta.

Always making the event enjoyable, attendees can hope they will once again sing a medley of top hits with personalized lyrics all about Licensed Practical Nurses!

The annual Awards Dinner and Ceremony honours the very best in the practical nurse profession. Award recipients are chosen by the Fredrickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPNs. Nominations open in late-December.

One ticket for the awards dinner is included in the full registration fee as well as the single-day fee for Thursday, April 29 (for both members and non-members). Additional guest tickets are available to purchase for $75.00 (plus 5% GST).

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2015 Awards Dinner - view of stage

2015 Awards Dinner - room


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Email signup for 2016 CLPNA AGM & Conference details

Email Signup

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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Accepting donations for Silent Auction fundraiser


CLPNA invites you to support the Annual Silent Auction on April 30 at our upcoming 2015 AGM & Conference.

In previous years, many individuals, organizations and businesses have generously donated various items such as gift certificates, gift baskets, electronics, trips, resort stays, clothing items, spa days, household goods, garden/yard accessories, jewellery, sports/theatre tickets and handcrafted items.

All items will be displayed with your information and any business cards or brochures that are provided.

Your contribution will support Licensed Practical Nurses in post-secondary educational training as all proceeds go to the Frederickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPNs.

RELATED – More about the Silent Auction

The Foundation is a charitable organization which distributes educational grants, awards, and bursaries to LPNs in Alberta to enhance their nursing knowledge, skills, and ability.

How to Donate

Simply send your item with a completed Silent Auction Donation Form (PDF) to the CLPNA at the address listed on the form.

Questions? Contact Donna Doerr, HR & Foundation Assistant, at foundation@clpna.com, 780-484-8886, or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

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