Blue Band Newsletter May 2020
The Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses is the regulatory body for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in New Brunswick. Our mandate is protection of the public by promoting the provision of safe, competent, ethical and compassionate care by its registrants.
ANBLPN would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to all of our members who have been working tirelessly throughout this unprecedented time. These are times of uncertainity with rapidly changing policies, protocols and recommendations. We recognize that this has been stressful and scary at times and we want to thank all of you for the professionalism and dedication that you have shown throughout the pandemic. When other's were asked to step back, you were asked to step up. Be proud, be safe and know that we appreciate all of the work that you have been doing.
New documents have been developed to support you and your practice during this time, we invite you to visit our website (www.anblpn.ca) to review these documents that you may find helpful.
We would also like to remind members that the Canadian Psychological Association is offering FREE tele-psychology services for front-line health care workers if you require further support: https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/psychservices/
55th Annual General Meeting - Virtual
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in keeping with public health's recommendations, we have had to cancel our in-person AGM and Education Day. In light of these restrictions we will be Zoom live streaming our Annual General Meeting so as not to delay it's occurrence.
Our VIRTUAL Annual General Meeting will be held on May 12th, 2020 from 0900 - 1030. Governance education will start at 0900. Following this, the ANBLPN Board of Directors will present the Annual Report for 2019.
We invite all of our members to join us for our vitural AGM. Please click the following link on May 12th at 0900 to access the meeting:
Meeting ID: 883 4941 7099
This link is for LPNs ONLY; please refrain from sharing this link with non-members/LPNs.
The Zoom meeting will be conducted in English, however, the Annual Report will be provided in both English and French. Questions can be asked and answered in the language of your choice.
Introducing your new Board of Directors for 2020
We are pleased to announce the new Board of Directors members for 2020 by acclamation. This year nominations were held for President and Secretary, and Members at Large for Region 5 and Region 6. We would like to extend congratulations to Kim Steeves for President, Yves Brideau for Secretary, Jean-Philippe Losier for Region 5 and Gerard Boisvert for Region 6.
Kim Steeves - President
Kim graduated from the PN program in 2004 from NBCC Woodstock. She has held positions at the Plaster Rock Hospital, Tobique Valley Manor, Hotel Dieu in Perth-Andover, The Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital and Upper River Valley Health Hospital. Currently Kim works for EMP in Perth-Andover.
Kim's board experience includes Member at Large for Region 3, secretary and is now starting her second term as President. Kim has always been excited about how the PN profession has progressed and is a strong supporter of working to full scope of practice. Kim would also like to extend a thank you to all LPNs working through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yves Brideau - Secretary
Yves graduated from the PN program in 1996 from CCNB Campbellton. He spent his LPN career at Residence Inkerman. Yves retired in January 2020, however, he remains active and will be pursuing new endeavors in LPN practice.
Yves has always been a proud LPN and has a lot of respect for ANBLPN. He has learned a lot about board governance and has sat on various ANBLPN committees. Yves has been the past Member at Large for Region 5.
Jean-Phillipe Losier - Region 5
Jean-Phillipe graduated from the PN program in 2007 from CCNB Bathurst. He has held positions at the Bathurst Hospital, Tracadie Hospital, Detox Centre and the Emergency Department in Caraquet. Currently Jean-Phillipe works for EMP in Tracadie.
Jean-Phillipe supports working to full scope and sits on the EMP Nursing Practice Committee to help ensure LPNs are able to work to their full scope of practice. Jean-Phillipe has learned a lot about the role of the regulatory body and his board experience includes Member at Large for Region 5, Treasurer and he is now returning as Member at Large for Region 5.
Gerard Boisvert - Region 6
Gerard graduated from the PN program in 2007 from NBCC Miramichi. He works at the Miramichi Regional Hospital on the float team working in all areas of the hospital.
Gerard has had past board experience serving on the Knights of Columbus board in Miramichi and is currently a chancellor with the Knights of Columbus. He first joined ANBLPNs board as Member at Large for Region 6 in 2017 and will now be starting his second term in this capacity. Gerard is looking forward to seeing the continued growth of the LPN profession and would like to thank all LPNs for their hard work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
LPN Day Contests!
Although we are unable to meet in person this year, we would still like to recognize our 55th Anniversary and LPN Day (May 13th). To celebrate LPN Day we are running contests for some great LPN Prize Packages as well as an opportunity to win a coffee break for you and your team! Please review the details below and enter for your chance to win!
LPN Swag Prize Package!
In honor of our 55th Anniversary and LPN Day, this year we will pick one winner from each region in New Brunswick. (6 Regions equals 6 Winners!)
To enter, please send us your photos from "a day in the life of an LPN" . Please use the hashtag #thisisnursing in your subject line and include which Region you are from. Send your photo entries to email@example.com by May 8th, 2020.
Coffee Break for you and Your Team!
Here is your chance to win coffee for you and your team! To enter, please send us an email telling us how your team collaborates to provide the best possible care for your clients and why you are proud to be an LPN! We will choose one team from each region (6 Regions equals 6 Winners!).
Please send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 8th, 2020 with the subject line "Coffee Break" and state which region you are from.
Region 1: Moncton, Sackville
Region 2: Saint John, Sussex, Charlotte County
Region 3: Fredericton, Oromocto, McAdam, Grand Lake, Woodstock, Bath
Region 4: Edmundston, Grand Falls, Saint-Quentin, Campbellton, Dalhousie
Region 5: Bathurst and Acadien Peninsula
Region 6: Miramichi
LPN Award Nominations
ANBLPN is honoured to recognize and celebrate the achievements of our members every year at our Annual General Meeting. Although we cannot meet in person we will still be recognizing our LPNs.
As previously posted on social media and on our website, the Awards and Recognition Committee are seeking nominations for three award categories. If you know of an LPN who is deserving of one of these awards, please review our nomination package and forward your nomination by May 8th, 2020.
Board of Directors: Call for Nominations
ANBLPN is seeking a Public Member to join our Board of Directors for a three-year term.
Public members are individuals who are not, nor have ever been an LPN and as such they will help:
- Provide balance to Board decisions that can favor the profession;
- Build confidence and trust within the public and government;
- Expand the range of skills, talent, training and perspectives available which enhances Board actions;
- Work to inspire re-evaluation of current practices and procedures in the profession;
- Help reduce barriers that might discourage a citizen from approaching the board and
- Ensure that the governing board is representative of the public.
Those wishing to submit an application should possess the following qualifications:
- Be a person who is not now, nor has ever been a Licensed Practical Nurse
- Have an interest in the New Brunswick health care system, knowledge of the nursing profession and a member in good standing within the community
- Represent the general public and not the interest of a particular group
- Not be related to or affiliated with spouses, parents, children or siblings who are registrants of the Association
- Possess good communication skills, honesty, business abilities and have an interest in public protection
- Previous board experience would be an asset
- The time to devote to this role
Please submit your application by May 8th, 2020. To access the application form please click the button below:
LPNs and RNs Working Together
ANBLPN and NANB have recently revised the collaboration document: Nursing Intraprofessional Collaboration Guideline: LPNs and RNs Working Together. The health care system is constantly changing which creates increasing demands for health professionals. Due to these changes and increased demands, it is imperative that LPNs and RNs work collaboratively and support role optimization. This allows all nursing professionals to work to their full scope of practice to better meet the needs of Canadians while fitting the right person, to the right client at the right time.
Please review the practice guideline by clicking the icon below:
ANBLPN would like to express their condolensces on the recent passing of Elaine Carr, LPN which occurred on April 23, 2020. Elaine was employed as an LPN at the Carleton Memorial Hospital.
Nova Scotia Strong
We were saddened to hear of the senseless tragedy that occured in Nova Scotia this past month. On behalf of our members, ANBLPN has expressed their condolences to Nova Scotia during this very difficult time. Our thoughts are with the victim’s families and all those who were involved in this senseless act of violence, which includes law enforcement officers and health professionals who risked or lost their lives trying to help others.
Stay connected with ANBLPN!
As a self-regulating professional, LPNs are responsible to stay informed on regulatory requirements. Ensuring that you are connected with ANBLPN is a great way to keep yourself informed. ANBLPN reaches out to their members through our website, newsletter, emails and social media.
The ANBLPN website (www.anblpn.ca) has many resources to assist LPNs with their practice, continuing education and more!
ANBLPN also uses two social media platforms: Facebook and now Instagram! This is a great way to stay connected and become aware of what is new and upcoming! Be sure to follow us at: https://www.facebook.com/anblpn/ and https://www.instagram.com/anblpn/