Did you know the SALPN offers education opportunities to help Council Members learn how to fulfil their responsibilities? In addition to contributing to the important work of the Council, Council Members have opportunities to enhance their leadership skills.
Please join us at our upcoming webinar to learn more about the public-serving work of the SALPN Council.
In December 2020, the SALPN Council approved amendments (changes) to the SALPN Bylaws. These amendments will be presented to the membership for approval at the May 18, 2021, Annual General Meeting. The AGM will again be held online.
The SALPN extends a consultation opportunity to SALPN members, stakeholders, and the general public on the proposed changes. Visit the SALPN website to participate in the consultation process for the 2021 Bylaw amendments. SALPN will accept feedback until April 10, 2021, at 4:00 PM
Resolutions for Council consideration may be submitted until midnight, April 10 by clicking the button below.
The SALPN Annual Licensure Audit went live on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, and all participants were notified of their involvement by email.
Not sure if you are supposed to participate? No problem! There are a couple of ways to check:
1. Check your email inbox (don’t forget to look at your Spam or Junk folders)
2. Log in to your SALPN Member Portal. If you see the My Audits tab on the left-hand side of the page, you are required to participate! The Audit Instruction Guides are on the SALPN Webpage under “Audits.”
WHY DOES SALPN CONDUCT AUDITS?
The SALPN has the legislated mandate of public protection through the regulation of licensed practical nurses. One area of this regulation is setting the standards and requirements for licensure and renewal. Some of the requirements, included in the SALPN Regulatory Bylaws, require that the LPN declare any criminal conviction(s), report the number of hours of Practice per year, obtain Continuing Education Portfolio program hours, and provide information related to the Independent Practice registry.
The annual licensure audit is a tool to verify that LPNs met the renewal requirements at the time of renewal and were truthful in their declarations. The SALPN randomly audits approximately 15% of the membership across the four areas mentioned above. In addition to the random selection, the SALPN also audits LPNs who may have had previous reporting errors, those who have an audit as part of a disciplinary order, or if new regulatory requirements need verification.
INDEPENDENT PRACTICE AUDIT
In 2020, members engaged in independent Practice became required to register their Practice with the SALPN. Per the SALPN Regulatory Bylaws, Independent Practice members must:
Report their Practice to the SALPN.
Obtain and provide proof of additional liability insurance, and
Adopt specific policies and procedures related to their Independent Practice.
SALPN members registered in Independent Practice are required to participate in the Annual Licensure Audit and were requested to submit their proof of insurance and policies/procedures.
The submission deadline for all audits (CEP, Practice Hours, Criminal Record Check, and Independent Practice) is due for submission on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 4 pm!
For more details about the SALPN Licensure Audits, please see thislink.
PRE-AUTHORIZED PAYMENT PLAN (PPP)
You can still register for the Pre-Authorized payment plan and pay your licensure renewal fee in advance, directly from your bank account with monthly payments of $57.25. The program runs until September 1, 2021.
Note that the cut-off date is the 25th of each month. Enroll by March 25, 2021, and have your first payment withdrawn on April 1, 2021. If you do not make the full eight payments, you will pay the outstanding balance during the renewal process.
Cancellations or changes in banking information must be made at least five (5) days before a scheduled withdrawal to ensure your scheduled withdrawal is stopped in time.
For more information about the pre-authorized payment plan, please click on the link below.
COMPLAINTS, INVESTIGATION, AND DISCIPLINE PROCEDURAL MANUAL UPDATED
The processes and decision-making of SALPN’s statutory committees are guided by the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness. A member that is involved with the investigation and disciplinary processes of the SALPN will be extended:
The right to respond to the allegations
The right to be represented
The right to a fair and impartial decision-making process
The right to have the case decided by those that have heard the case
The right to timely proceedings
The right to be provided reasons for decision-making
Both the Counselling & Investigation and Discipline statute committees have updated their procedural manual. See the attached link to review their updated processes.