A minimum of three LPNs make up part of the Council. When an LPNs term ends on the Council, the current Council proceeds with an appointment process. Members of the profession submit their interest to the SALPN for review and potential screening processes in order to appoint new LPNs to the Council and begin their term.
LPN Council Members may be appointed for a term of two or three years and are eligible for re-appointment.
LPNs Eligible for Appointment
- Members who hold a practising license or non-practising certificate and are in good standing with SALPN are eligible for appointment.
LPNs Not Eligible for Appointment
- LPNs employed by the SALPN in the previous 5 years
- LPNs who were employed as the Executive Director or Registrar
- LPNs who were Council Members in the previous 4 years
- LPNs who hold an equivalent governance position with an employer of LPNs or a union representing LPNs
- LPNs who are not reasonably available to attend meetings of Council
- LPNs who have been convicted of an indictable offence under the Criminal Code of Canada
A minimum of three public Government appointees make up part of the Council. The public appointees are appointed to the SALPN Council by the Saskatchewan Government to represent the public perspective.
Public Member Appointment
SALPN is making history, as for the first time beginning in July 2023, SALPN is recruiting and appointing members of the public to join the SALPN Council to further bring the publics perspective.
Education & Experience
There are no mandatory requirements or qualifications to serve on the Council. However, the ability to operate a laptop and use systems like Outlook, Word, Zoom, and other web-based applications is important.
An understanding of the following areas is helpful.
- Human Resources in a Non-unionized Setting
- Financial Literacy
- Board Governance
- Cultural Safety and Humility
Perspectives or experience from the following areas is an asset.
- Indigenous Background and Lived Experiences
- Specialized Areas of Practice (Operating Room, Dialysis, Orthopedics)
- Mental Health and Addictions
- Long Term Care
- Private or Special Services (e.g., telehealth, cosmetics, private nursing, travel nursing)
- Administrative or Tribunal Decision-making
- Performance Measurement
- Policy Development
- Professional Regulation and regulatory/legal processes
- Public Service
- Risk Management
- Strategy and Strategic Planning
- Systems/ Systems Thinking
As a member of the Council, each Council Member must:
- Abide by the Council Conduct Policy
- Attend Council Meetings well-prepared for discussion and engagement
- Commit to the best practices in board governance
- Competently use technology (laptop), online meeting platforms (Zoom), and other online applications like email and word processors.
- Have the necessary time and commitment to fulfill Council Member responsibilities
- Participate fully, frankly, and respectfully in Council discussions and contribute meaningfully and knowledgeably
- Prioritize attendance at all Council and Committee meetings
- Prioritize the public interest first and foremost
- Support the decisions made by the Council
- Understand the difference between governing and managing
The following education and support is provided to members of the Council.
- Education and training related to governance and issues impacting regulation.
- Per Diems as shown below & reimbursement of travel expenses
The Council meets at least four times a year, often for two days. They could also hold additional meetings if necessary. Meetings are typically held at the SALPN office but may be virtual.
Council Members who volunteer to serve on SALPN Committees, such as the Finance Committee, Nominations Committee or more, may be required to attend additional meetings.
Reviewing materials and preparing for each meeting may require 2 – 8 hours. Meeting materials are provided 5-7 days beforehand.
Council Members must check their emails at least twice per week.
What does the Council actually do?
The SALPN Council sets the direction and long-term goals of the SALPN and oversees the regulation of LPNs in Saskatchewan. The Council does not manage the day-to-day operations of the SALPN nor the means of achieving the goals.
They set SALPNs fiscal policies, review financial statements, and monitor SALPN’s financial health. They’re also responsible for setting strategic plans, establishing, maintaining and monitoring policies, bylaws, standards of practice, code of ethics and practice guideline documents. Also, approve nursing education programs in Saskatchewan.
The Council is responsible for making decisions in the public’s best interest.