SALPN News Jan. 13, 2021 – Focus Group Opportunity, Fee Bylaws, Elections, PPP, and LPNs Wanted
Focus Group to evaluate the Professional Growth Plan
We know that obtaining Continuing Education Portfolio (CEP) hours might not be on your mind this time of year, but it is never too early to start! One CEP option the SALPN offers is a Professional Growth Plan (PGP). The plan is directly tied to the Standards of Practice for LPNs. The PGP identifies activities and strategies that will provide LPN’s with the opportunity to evaluate their knowledge, skills, and performance. A professional self-assessment helps an LPN evaluate their overall competency and performance levels related to the LPN Standards of Practice. The use of self-assessment enables practitioners to identify previously unperceived or future needs to guide ongoing professional growth.
Considering the importance and the commitment involved to complete a Professional Growth Plan correctly, the SALPN recognizes it as a Formal CEP Activity worth 16 reportable hours for LPNs holding a practicing license for seven or more months during the current licensure year.
The SALPN is looking for approximately 25 LPNs to participate in a focus group. Selected LPNs will complete a PGP and evaluate the learning opportunity. LPNs in the focus group would complete all PGP components and attend meetings (virtually) to assess the various parts of the PGP.
Focus group requirements:
Support of your manager/supervisor for the pre/post appraisals
Commitment to PGP completion
Commitment to attend Zoom meetings to discuss successes/challenges of the program
Ability to provide honest feedback on the PGP program and templates
Completion of a post-focus group survey
Access to a computer with internet
Participation in the PGP review is voluntary, with no monetary remuneration. The work completed on your PGP and your involvement in the virtual meetings will be reportable for 2021 CEP hours.
If you would like to be part of this focus group, submit your interest to email@example.com by Jan 31, 2021, with the following information:
Name and registration number
Place of work
Name of manager/supervisor
Confirmation of manager/supervisor approval
You will be notified in early February if you are selected for the focus group. Full details will be provided then, along with instructions on how to proceed. In the meantime, you should review the Standards of Practiceas they will form the basis of your PGP.
Nominations for the 2021 Council Election will be open soon.
There will be three Council positions open for election in 2021:
Council Member (3 years)
Council Member (2 years)
Council Vice-Chair (4 years, the first two years as
Vice-Chair before assuming the role of the Chair)
The Council is responsible to oversee the regulation of the LPN profession in the interest of the public. Council members collectively form the Council. Elected Council members draw upon their knowledge and experience in the LPN profession to make decisions in the interest of the public.
If you are interested in learning more about the Council, watch the video below for more information.
Watch your inbox and SALPN’s social media for more information on the nomination process.
Amended Fee Bylaws:
The Council made amendments to the fee bylaws effective January 1, 2021. A fee to assess existing criminal records of non-SALPN members before applying for membership was added to the bylaws. These bylaws will be presented at the 2021 AGM.
The 2021 Preauthorized Payment Plan (PPP) has a new withdrawal schedule! The program now begins February 1 and ends September 1. The change ensures that all payments will be processed prior to the renewal opening in October.
Monthly withdrawals are $57.25, taken from your bank account on the first day of each month.
I’m already on PPP, what do I need to do? If you are already enrolled on PPP, and wish to remain on the program, and your banking information hasn’t changed, you don’t need to do a thing! Your first withdrawal will occur on February 1, 2021.
What if I can’t remember if I am enrolled in PPP?
If you aren’t sure if you are enrolled, login to your SALPN Member Portal. On the left-hand side of the page, look for My PPP Payments. If you see it, you are enrolled! Click My PPP Payments to make any changes to your banking information or to cancel your enrollment.
I want to join the program! What do I need to do? Login to your SALPN Member Portal. On the
left-hand side of the page select Sign–up for PPP. You will need to have your banking information and a void cheque available.
Message from the Saskatchewan Health Authority:
In preparation to support COVID-19 vaccine delivery, Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is recruiting additional Licensed Practical Nurses in multiple locations across the province.
If you are not currently employed with the SHA and would like to be considered for employment, please complete the External Pre-Screening Form. Please indicate your interest with the vaccine delivery in the ‘additional information’ on the pre-screening form to assist with follow-up.
The following organizations have reached out to the SALPN and indicated an emergent need for temporary LPNs to assist them during the
COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact these employers directly; the SALPN does not have any further information.