Need for Education and Support

The LPNABC would like to share the following excerpt from CLPNBC in their response to our letter “There has been an increase in complaints to CLPNBC of over 1000% from 2000-2013. There were eight complaints in 2000 and 89 in 2013. Each complaint is thoroughly investigated.”

We would like to point out there there has also been a 500% increased in the # of registrants within the same time frame.

The LPNABC would also like to acknowledge the Mandate to work to our “Full Scope” in 2007, evolving & changing LPN practice based on the National Competencies and ever increasing in the health care needs.

The LPNABC continues to advocate for the need for education for LPNs as they are integrated into Leadership positions in Residential and Community Staffing Model changes. All of these dramatic changes could lead to the need for professional practice supports for LPNs.

The LPNABC would like to see the CLPNBC supporting the registrants with a Continuing Education program and funding as the other provinces do.

The LPNABC as the LPN professional advocate will be asking the college what are the top 5 practice issues for LPNs in BC and promote excellence in practice through continuing educational needs. With the dramatic increase and very changing LPN scope of practice, the CLPNBC should be supporting the registrants with a Continuing Education program and funding as the other provinces do.

The LPNABC will be asking for the college to set aside some of the funds acquired through the increase in fees for a “Continuing Education fund” this would be a welcomed support for registrants.

LPNABC Response to CLPNBC re: fee increase

Importance of the Professional Association

Importance of the professional association – By Claude Balthazard PhD

“Becoming a member of a professional association is not like subscribing to a magazine, it is a career choice. It is part of what being a professional is all about. It may sound old-school to some, but being a professional is important to most who have chosen to become professionals. This professional identity begins with joining your professional association.

Whether you’re working to become a doctor, lawyer, engineer, teacher or HR professional, there are elements of all professions that one simply cannot learn in school. As a student, becoming a member of, and participating in, your professional association is one way to accelerate your learning of the ropes.

As a member of a professional association, one becomes a member of a special community. For example, the human resources (HR) community is quite diverse, but there is something that all members have in common and that is a passion for HR. Becoming a member of your professional association is the best way of connecting with others who share this same passion.
Becoming a member of a professional association is also more than just belonging—it is not only about what you can get from your association but also what you can give back to the profession.

Professional associations are more than ‘clubs’ based on common interests, they are self-governing bodies. As a member of a professional association one becomes part of the governance of the association.

Professional associations play an important role in society. In Canada, the model for professional regulation is self-regulation. This means that all important decisions concerning members of the profession or those who would become members of the profession are made by members of the profession. The whole system of professional regulation depends on professionals getting involved and contributing to the regulation of their profession. Without this participation, self-regulation simply could not work. There is also a certain amount of self-interest in participation in professional regulation. A profession’s practitioners share a brand—be it the accounting brand, the engineer brand or the HR professional brand. Whenever professionals fail to live up to professional standards, the reputation of the profession is diminished somewhat. By joining your professional association, you begin to assume your responsibilities as a professional.”

What’s up??

Wonder what the LPNABC has been up to lately??

April 28 – LPNABC Conference and AGM
April 30 – Tele Conference regarding May 12
May 12 – Launch of National Nurses Week at the BC Legislature, meeting with Minister of Health, Honourable Dr. Terry Lake, Judy Darcy, MLA, Official Opposition Health Critic and Andrew Weaver, MLA, Independent.
May 13 – Proclamation for LPN Day
May 20 – Tele Conference with CNA
LPNABC Executive Board Meeting
May 25/26 – BC Care Providers Annual Conference – panelist and exhibitor table

and June brings –
June 2-4 – BCNPA Conference and AGM
June 5 – ARNBC AGM
June 11 – CLPNBC AGM
June 16-18 – CNA Biennial Winnipeg
Monthly Executive Board Meeting

:) We are working hard for BC LPN’s. This does not include the numerous emails, phone calls and letters that are sent out supporting LPN’s in BC

Legislature and more

On Monday May 12, 2014 a group of 22 nurses came together with a united voice to meet with the BC Government at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria. The Health Minister, the Honourable Terry Lake, met with a group of 8 nurses. This group was made up of two LPN’s,two RN’s, two RPN’s and two NP’s. The other group of nurses met with the MoH staff in a more informal setting.There of course were photo opportunities. We later had the opportunity to meet with Health Critic Judy Darcy. Then we were invited by Independent MLA Andrew Weaver so that he could learn more about the collective concerns of our group.

We then watched the afternoon session of the Legislature where greetings to all BC nurses were made by Minister Lake, the Health Critic Judy Darcy and two member statements were read about the importance of nursing. It was a great day of collaboration and advocacy.

The LPNABC has made a commitment to the others in this group to continue meeting collaboratively and to bring a strong unified voice to nursing involvement in the BC healthcare system. We are part of a nursing family with over 56,000 voices. Our thanks to the ARNBC who made this kick off to National Nursing Week possible.


May 12, 2014 Summary of Events

Your LPN Association continuing to be your voice.