Member Meeting – Sep 30, 2015

LPN Association Member Meeting Minutes
Wednesday September 30, 2015

Meeting start time: 1900 Meeting wrap up: 2120
Location: Copper Ridge Place Multi Purpose Room

Directors In Attendance: Amanda Fraser, Keri Moore (president), Teresa Beaudoin,
Sherry Fairweather, Aaron Bielz, Sarah Schlienkofer, Jessie Rushant (meeting minutes)
Late Arrival: Tombari Ganabel

The board of directors were introduced to the members.

Keri gave a rundown of the agenda.

Website
The YLPNA has an official website and it is up and running. A friend of Sherry’s has
been doing most of the work developing it so far. Jessie and Sherry will be trained to
maintain the website in order to keep it up to date with meeting minutes, links, etc. Stay
tuned.

Treasurer
Tara has stepped down as a Director. Theresa was introduced as the acting Treasurer
until the next AGM when a Treasurer can officially be elected. Cassandra is not in
attendance.

Job Fair
Sarah introduced the idea of participation in the next job fair on October 29 1030-4 at
the KDCC. If we sign up by Oct 2, the fee is $100. The reasons for joining the job fair
were discussed, including the need to educate the public about who we are for the
profession and for making the association known, and to encourage people to join the
LN profession. Volunteers signed up. Sarah and Aaron will take the lead on the project.

Liability Insurance
There was discussion around the fact that LPN’s are not covered other than what the
workplace provides. The cost of purchasing liability insurance as an individual is
expensive, so we are looking at group insurance which would require a buy in from all
LPN’s to make it affordable. One idea, and the most viable one, is mandating liability
insurance in order to be licensed as an LPN in the Yukon. In order to do this there are
wording changes that need to take place in documents at Corporate Affairs, the
department that controls our licensing. Keri had positive feedback in regards to the
attitude and the ability to make these changes from two individuals in Corporate Affairs
who have since retired. Keri will be meeting with Alicia Bell from Consumer Services on
October 5th to get more details about the wording that needs to change, the timeline
that is required, and who in Consumer Services will take the lead on this project. Other
than mandating the liability insurance, Corporate Affairs would not be involved so the
LPN Association will be in charge of the set up, collection of fees, etc. Therefore, the
cost of insurance will be included in future membership fees.

YRNA Collaboration
YRNA and YLPNA have agreed that they should remain separate entities however the
YRNA is enthusiastic about including LPN’s in their activities such as training, meetings,
etc. They are organizing an all candidates forum on October 13th for the upcoming
election and have invited all LPN’s. Keri will forward the invite.

Members meetings:
We have been doing 4 a year plus the AGM for 5 meetings a year. It has been
suggested that 5 are too many but that if we go down to two, people may not get to
attend. The number/ year will go to vote at the April AGM.

Budget
The revenue and expenses for the year were presented and explained by Theresa.

Mission and Vision Statements
Mission and Vision Statements were presented to and agreed on by the membership.
Here they are!
Vision: To support Yukon LPNs through the provisions of leadership, advocacy, mentors
hip and increased community awareness.
Mission: Yukon LPN Association provides opportunity for collaboration, education,
member’s input and community involvement.
The Association seeks to bring about policy and/or regulatory changes that advance the
profession.

Logo contest:
The hunt for a YLPNA logo is being put to competition. All members and others are
encouraged to enter for prize $$$$. Entrees can be submitted in hard copy to any
Director or scanned and emailed to any director. Contact and contest information will be
on the YLPNA website. Entries need to be submitted by January. Three will be chosen
by the board members then those three will be posted on the website to be voted on by
all members. The official logo will be presented at the next AGM. Non members please
submit too.

Memberships:
In the future there will be a different rate for students and licensed LPNs however this
year they will be the same rate. The cost is currently $25/year however, since the
renewal takes place in April, the fee is half this year: $12.50.
They include a dozen amazing discounts to local stores and are currently for sale.
Please contact anyone on the board to obtain registration documents. Payment can be
made by cash, transfer, or cheque.
The first memberships went on sale at this meeting.

Concerns with the LPN Disciplinary Panel
Karen Gilbert came as the chair of the Advisory Committee to speak about concerns
with the disciplinary panel. The overall problem is that the LPN Act is vague so there are
many holes around what is and isn’t acceptable for LPN discipline:
-The Disciplinary Panel/ Committee of Inquiry is comprised of 2 LPNs and one
community member. These individuals are volunteers who receive no training but are
tasked with being judge, and jury around issues that impact your career. This involves
collecting evidence, filing paperwork, etc. They need more guidance!
Karen has been in touch with the Ombudsman and Corporate Affairs’ lawyer and is
hoping that the Ombudsman will make available money for training the committee
mandatory.
-There is no mandatory time limit for the disciplinary process written into our LPN Act.
The Disciplinary Committee receives the complaint within two weeks but from there
the process can take years in which you may be unable to work, and may need to pay
your own legal fees.
-Unlike in other jurisdictions, there is no criteria for what is a valid complaint written into
our LPN Act. Anybody (patient, family member, community member, coworker,
employer, etc) can file a complaint to Consumer Affairs about anything and they do not
need to provide proof. For example, the complaint may say only “unsafe with meds” or
“provides poor care” but provides no examples, and no evidence. Due to Access to
Information and Protection of Privact Act (ATIPP), the disciplinary committee has not
even been able to get copies of MARs or incident reports to assist with investigations.
Again, your career may be put on hold while the investigation is ongoing.
-Also missing from the LPN Act, are clear guidelines about appropriate discipline
meaning outcomes can vary widely from increased training, to loss of jobs, to hefty
fines.
-While Consumer Affairs, as the licensing body, has a lawyer, you as the LPN with no
liability insurance are not legally covered other than what your employer may or may
not provide. As the union does not cover licensing requirements, these are not issues
that can be brought to the union. Because of the expanded scope of practice, the
growing number of LPNs working, and the proposed facilities that will staff many
more, the number of complaints is rising and liability insurance is becoming more
important than ever.

After the latest court case, the disciplinary committee is looking to have the LPN Act revised. Stay tuned….

Member Meeting – June 17, 2015

LPN Association Member Meeting
Wednesday June 17, 2015
Meeting start time: 1910 Meeting wrap up: 2125
Location: Thomson Centre Fireside Room

In Attendance:
Board: Keri Moore (president and chair), Amanda Fraser (vice president), Jessie
Rushant (secretary and minutes), Tara Goodwin-Chief (treasurer), Cassandra Wood
(treasurer), Sherry Fairweather (director), Theresa Beaudoin (director), Tombari
Ganabel (director)
Association Members: Chelsie Jakesta, Julia Gerlach, Maribel Mamis

This meeting is a review and update for Yukon LPNs on what your Association has been up to since our AGM in April.

Corporate Affairs Update
The forms for registration as an association are all new this year. Completion of the
process is almost complete.

Banking
Before we can begin collecting membership fees and applying for grants we need a
bank account. Setting up an account for an NGO is complex but the process is
underway and we should be building a fund by the end of the summer.

Membership Fees
As agreed at the AGM, membership fees will be $25/year. After much investigation it
seems cash or cheque are the only viable options for collecting fees as the costs for
other means of collection such as Paypal or online banking will be too expensive. We
will likely start collecting fees at the September membership meeting. Fees will be for
operational events (ie AGM), educational sessions (ie bringing people in and taking
part in already occurring speakers), inclusion in events (ie rental of booths at job fairs,
Relay for Life, etc). Most of the collection will likely be towards bigger events at this
point.

Website
The website is well underway thanks to Sherry. Information about current board
members is on and the website is up and running. Please visit us at
http://yukonlpn.com.
On the contacts page there is space to enter comments/questions to the Association
that will then be appropriately directed and answered.
Future plans for the website include:
• Yukon Health Care jobs link.
• Making it a place to help with recruiting LPNs (ie for the new LTC facility).
• Links for jobs advertisements.
• LPN competencies
• A description of all places LPNs can work in the Yukon.
• Up and coming local workshops.

Liability Coverage
After meeting with consumer services, the YRNA, and others it looks like mandating
fees for liability insurance will likely be the best option. It will take some time to see
insurance come to fruition as we will be waiting on a change in legislation from
Corporate Affairs. Eventually the YLPNA will need to handle fees which will cost
around $100-$125 annually since All Yukon LPNs will have to buy in.
Because it will be a mandated license requirement, many employers will cover the
cost. If you do not think your employer will cover this, it might be something to bring
up at your next union negotiations. There was discussion around long term care
going into union negotiations and potential need to change wording so YG will cover
expense for liability insurance. Collective Bargaining Input is the name of process to
change items in collective agreement.
In regards to the collective agreement, Thomson Centre staff want to change wording
to have new grads oriented for a year before they are put in the role of Team Leader.
Discussion around the YLPNA role in advocating for these new grads determined that
the union has more power than YLPNA however the YLPNA can provide strong
advocacy and voice concerns to management and consumer services to try to obtain
regulation changes.
An LPN from Macauley spoke of having 4 orientation shifts then being left alone
overnight with no other nursing support other than a phone number for an RN at CRP
and the WGH emergency department. Discussion surrounded the huge concerns
requiring insurance.
We can provide advocacy for new grads and make sure that they know we will be
available to do so.

Collaborating with YRNA
The consensus is that the LPN Association will remain independent from but
collaborate with the YRNA. Keri will be meeting with their Executive Director, Mieke,
for lunch on June 29. Examples of collaboration might include having seats for LPNs
at workshops initiated by YRNA.

Lobbying government for Funding and/or grants
It is hard to proceed without money but how to get money? Amanda D has
investigated and found that you really need to be established to get some of the
bigger grants. This includes having a mission and vision statement which is in
progress. In the interim, while we work towards becoming a recognized and
established association we will apply for some of the smaller grants. We will also look
to acquiring donations locally for some of our smaller needs and costs.

Community Involvement
To gain the support of the community, and obtain funding options we need to make
ourselves known and contribute to our community. We have been exploring various
ways to do this including:
• Take part in the job fair at the cultural centre in October. Due to space and timing,
this may not be possible for the fall however, if not, there is also a fair in the spring
or we may be able to collaborate with the college or public health at their booths.
We would provide info about what it is to be an LPN, job opportunities including
new opportunities opening up, focus on scope, and requirements for schooling.
Theresa and Sarah are exploring these options.
• Tara is looking into our volunteering at the Back to School fair with public health.
• Set up a booth at CGC one afternoon providing some form of public health
education. A benefit to this is that the cost is small. There was discussion about the
possibility of doing this at the same time as Flu vaccine clinic (ie hand washing or
lice education while people wait).

Annual Event Ideas
We are aiming to host an annual non-formal, non-meeting event for LPN Association
members as an opportunity to build our sense of community and morale. There was
discussion about the possibility of obtaining donations for the event in exchange for
advertisement. There was also discussion about what the event will be (potlach?
barbecue? location?). We may use the website as a place to vote on this.

Add Ons:
There was discussion about whether or not we can we make a Facebook page for the
association. Amanda F will speak to YTG media people for advice tomorrow.
There was discussion about the need to educate the public about what an LPN is. In
addition to community events it was suggested that newspaper and radio could be
good routes to “getting ourselves out there”. It was noted that the general public
would be astonished to hear we have no insurance. Amanda will send an article she
has found from CNA about how all Canadian health professionals should have
mandatory insurance. There is no doubt Consumer Services will support making
insurance mandatory.

Mission and Vision:
In order to be established and apply for funding we need both a mission and vision
statement. Additionally, a business plan is a strategic plan that we should be creating
annually based on our mission and vision statements. The vision is what a group
aims to achieve in the big picture while the mission is generally what the group will do
now to attain the vision.

The last hour and a half of the meeting was spent in a group activity to collect ideas
for these statements. The activity was led by Amanda and Theresa.

From the ideas generated tonight the board will create the mission, and vision
statements. They will be presented at the next member meeting before they are
finalized.

Next board meeting early September.
Membership meeting will be after the board meeting but before the first annual event.
Please stay tuned.