Wellness Together Canada-Mental Health Resources for people of all ages

During Mental Health Week (May 3-9) Health Canada Atlantic Region have reached out with some important resources. Please feel free to spread the word!

More than a year after the implementation of public health measures, the COVID-19 pandemic is still causing stress and uncertainty to individuals and families across the country. If you or a loved one is going through a difficult time or if you are looking for resources to improve or nurture your well-being, please visit the Wellness Together Canada portal.

Through this service, individuals of all ages can access supports ranging from self-assessment and peer support, to sessions with social workers, psychologists and other professionals. Specialized supports for specific populations such as youth and frontline workers are also available.

Online mental health and substance use supports offered by the portal are free and confidential, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in English and French, and over the phone for those without internet access. With simultaneous interpretation available, it is possible to have consultation sessions by phone in more than 200 languages and dialects.

CLPNPEI Council: Call for Applications

Be a voice for Islanders: Apply to be appointed to the CLPNPEI Council

Canadians are entitled to safe competent and ethical nursing care. When you are a Councillor on the CLPNPEI Council, you become a voice for people who use the health care system in Prince Edward Island. You use your nursing knowledge to bring insight, oversight and foresight to Council decisions that protect the public, maintain public trust in nursing care and build confidence in nursing regulation.[1]

If you want to make a difference for Islanders, joining the CLPNPEI Council might be for you.

What is Council?

The Council is the governing body of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Prince Edward Island. It sets the strategic direction for regulating practical nursing in Prince Edward Island, and establishes the goals, objectives and policies of the College.

Who is appointed to Council?

Members of the public and licensed practical nurses who are interested in being involved in advocating for the public. They are effective and constructive communicators who are able to make decisions based on evidence and are willing to listen and learn. Their sole focus when making decisions is what is best for the public. The Council is composed of six LPN members appointed by the Council of the CLPNPEI and three public representatives appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Want to know more about what it takes to be an ideal Councillor? As part of its governance journey the CLPNPEI has identified Ideal Councillor Characteristics that future Councillors would bring to Council.

What are the requirements for appointment to Council?

To qualify to apply for appointment, you must:

  • Complete the Council Application form and provide it to the CLPNPEI office by the Council Application form deadline date.
  • Be registered and in good standing in the CLPNPEI general register.
  • Live in the province of Prince Edward Island.

The following disqualifies you from applying for appointment to Council:

  • A person who is, or was within the past year, a member of the governing body of an advocacy organization for the regulated health profession.
  • A person whose conduct was found, within the past year, to constitute professional misconduct or incompetence under the RHPA or in another jurisdiction
  • A person who is a respondent in an ongoing complaint under the RHPA or in another jurisdiction.
  • A person who has been disqualified by Council from serving on Council or a committee in the last three years.

What is the application process?

  • The Council is currently seeking to fill one LPN Councillor position.
  • If interested, please complete the CLPNPEI Council Application form.
  • Applications for the Council position will open on May 3, 2021.
  • The Council Application form deadline date is May 17, 2021.
  • The completed application form may be mailed or scanned and emailed to the CLPNPEI office by the Council Application form deadline date.

CLPNPEI

155 Belvedere Avenue, Suite 204

Charlottetown PE

C1A 2Y9

info@clpnpei.ca

  • The CLPNPEI Council will review the applications and the successful applicant(s) will be selected for appointment to Council from the eligible pool of applicants.

What are the terms of office for CLPNPEI Councillors?

A Councillors term of office shall not exceed three years. A Councillor may serve more than one term of office but shall not serve more than six consecutive years.

For further information please contact the CLPNPEI Staff at:

Dawn Rix-Moore, Executive Director –  drix-moore@clpnpei.ca

Kimberley Jay, Registrar – kjay@clpnpei.ca


[1] Adapted from http://www.cno.org/en/learn-about-standards-guidelines/magazines-newsletters/the-standard/September-2018/Run-for-Council/

New Practice Directives

The CLPNPEI has collaborated with the College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island (CRNPEI) to develop four new practice directives. CLPNPEI’s practice directives provide practical nurses, employers, and the general public with information regarding the professional accountability and expectations of practical nurses in Prince Edward Island.  They reflect relevant legislation and are designed to help practical nurses understand their responsibilities and legal obligations, so they can make safe and ethical nursing decisions. To find out more about the new practice directives, click on the link below;

CLPNPEI Bylaw Changes

Section 10(1) of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) authorizes the CLPNPEI Council to establish bylaws related to the management and operation of the College which include procedures for making, amending and revoking bylaws. Bylaw changes were enacted by Council on June 17th, 2020 a summary of changes and the updated Bylaw document can be viewed here.

Rapid Registration Process for Retired LPNs

To support the increase in health system needs in response to the current public health emergency, CLPNPEI has developed a rapid registration process to permit qualified, retired and out-of-province licensed practical nurses to work in Prince Edward Island. This work is in collaboration with regulators, government partners and employers. If you are not currently registered, are volunteering and have been contacted with an assignment by an employer as an LPN during the Covid-19 Pandemic — please complete the following application.

Office Closure – Effective Immediately

On March 16, the government of Prince Edward Island declared a public health emergency. Islanders are being asked to practice social distancing and work from home wherever possible. We take this direction very seriously and are committed to doing our part to keep Islanders safe. 

CLPNPEI is Open to All Virtually

Due to the nature of our work, combined with our proactive response plan and modern infrastructure in place, we are able to remain open to the public and all stakeholders and continue to deliver services through phone and virtual technology. As a result, effective March 17, our physical office will close to the public, until further notice. 

 Staff are working to their full capacity to:

  • Respond to phone and email requests
  • Review applications and register LPNs
  • Answer practice questions and deliver practice advice
  • Respond to complaints and intervene if practice is unacceptable

You may contact staff by phone at 902-566-1512 or by email

drix-moore@clpnpei.ca

kjay@clpnpei.ca

Coronavirus Resources

In December 2019, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emerged in the city of Wuhan, China. Since then, this respiratory virus has been reported in multiple countries, including Canada. On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 to be a public health emergency of international concern.

Resources for Health Professionals

The Public Health Agency of Canada has created a website  outlining what health professionals need to know about COVID-19. LPNs should be reviewing this information regularly. In addition, the current status of COVID – 19 in Prince Edward Island is reported on the PEI government website https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-covid-19-infection-frequently-asked-questions

Resources for the Public

To learn more about the virus, visit the World Health Organization’s info page and the government of Canada’s Frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.