Meeting Minutes 2017 AGM

Meeting start time: 1915 Meeting wrap up: 2102

Location: Copper Ridge Place, Rendezvous Room

Guest Speakers Mieke Leonard (chair of the LPN advisory committee and Executive Director of YRNA) and Mike Reynolds (lawyer for consumer affairs) came to talk about problems with current LPN regulations and how to change them.

What was Accomplished in 2016:

community event: sponsored a pool day at the CGC, open to the public. It was questioned what the point was of doing the community events. Answer: networking, advertising for our sponsors, publicity…

Suggestion from SherrylAnn, write an article for the Whats Up Yukon on LPNs, #s, etc.

Liability Insurance: Insurance and membership fee covered in the hospital but not in YG. YG Collective Agreement goes back to bargaining in 2 years. Suggested that someone should take responsibility of putting the request forward in a year.

Potential merge with YRNA:

Would help resolve many issues:

  • ability to lobby government,
  • framework
  • education
  • paid staff
  • office
  • manpower
  • expertise

Both YRNA and LPNs so far seem to be in support. There would need to be an official vote on both sides.

If we merge, we will pay one fee to one body.

Process:

We will need to have a special general meeting to have a vote with the YLPNA membership.

We need government buy in for funding for policy writing, staffing (LPN of staff), etc.

Part of the reason we started looking at merging was because other provinces have started doing so (BC, Nova Scotia, ) however, no one else has yet had both the licensing and association merge.

Overall, the surveys were very positive for merging from both LPN and RN perspective. Interestingly RNs were very unaware of our struggles. There were concerns about maintaining individual entities within the groups.

There will need to be tonnes and tonnes of consultation before anything can happen.

Now is a good time because Mieke is a great ally, knowledgeable and supportive of LPNs, she is in a role to help and she wants collaboration.

Need to contact every licensed LPN regarding what they want regarding a merger before any moves can be made to go ahead.

We may be able to put something on the website to inform members…. Mieke may be able to draft something.

Review of Finances:

Brought in $13000

Bought: laminator, website development, pool time, meeting supplies, liability insurance, laptop and accounting program for treasurer

Liberty tax is doing our taxes.

Increasing YLPNA members:

There was discussion regarding how to go about doing this.

Elections:

President – Keri to stay on

Vice President – Lindsay Heynen

Secretary – Jessie to stay on

Treasurer – Theresa to stay on

Directors –

  • Brenda Winstanley
  • Karen Gilbert
  • Sheryl Ann Wasson
  • Janeen Pazilowski
  • Tom Ganabel
  • Sherry Fairweather

 

2017 AGM

 

Tuesday June 20th 2017
Rendezvous Room Copper Ridge Place
7pm to 9pm

Join us for:

  • Guest Speaker Mieke Leonard, RN, BScN, Chairperson for the LPN Advisory Committee will give an update of the LPN Advisory Committee and speak about Legislative Change to the LPN Act and potential of merging with the YRNA
  • Survey Results and Discussion around YLPNA/YRNA Merger
  • Elections for Executive and Director Positions
  • New Discount Cards for Members will be available at the AGM

Babysitting will be available. Contact Theresa Beaudoin 336-1964 for further information.

Refreshments provided.

AGM Minutes April 2016

LPN Association Annual General Meeting

Monday April 25, 2016

Meeting start time: 1900 Meeting wrap up: 2100

Location: Copper Ridge Place Rendezvous Room

In Attendance: Board Members Keri Moore (president), Amanda Fraser (vice president), Theresa Beaudoin (treasurer), Jessie Rushant (secretary), Sherry Fairweather (director).

Guest speaker Mieke Leonard, Executive Director YRNA and Chair LPN Advisory

Committee:
Mieke spoke about her role as the Chair of the LPN Association, explaining that while the Advisory Committee is in place to advise the government about areas requiring change for LPN practice (ie exams, regulations, fees and education), the majority of the work the committee is currently involved in surrounds discipline and complaints. Most of this is due to the need for regulatory changes around same. These needs have been reiterated recently in both a supreme court ruling and attention from the Ombudsman.

The three seats on the Advisory Committee are currently filled with Mieke and LPNs Erika Oppen-Smith and Scott Wood. They met most recently in March and meet again this Wednesday. They are currently working at building a website, email address, and letter advising about the LPN advisory committee. Mieke will be pitching a business case to Consumer Affairs April 26th, requesting funding for those projects and for education for people sitting on the disciplinary panel. Another action item completed recently was the securing of a lawyer for the disciplinary panel for the next 3 years (prior to this, our panel, people with no legal background were being expected to write legal documents and submit them to the court). Most importantly, the Committee sees the need to take a preventative approach so are pushing for the regulatory changes advised in the supreme court ruling and from the Ombudsman.

Mieke also deals with all complaints and discipline for the YRNA. She mentioned the training that has been sourced for their use and its value. She also mentioned that because of the size of our community, there is often a conflict with any professional in the field being asked to be on the disciplinary committee of another professional. To avoid the conflict presented in small town Yukon, the YRNA has recruited trained people from CRNBC to complete disciplinary investigations.

In response to the question of whether it is a conflict to be on both the LPN Association and the Advisory or Disciplinary Committee, Mieke suggested that these are not conflicting.

Lastly Mieke strongly expressed that YRNA and its members want to support LPNs and to see our Association succeed. All LPNs were encouraged to call and approach the YRNA with suggestions, requests, etc. For one thing, the YRNA may be a source of free legal advice. She also reiterated that there is funding for education that is for nursing in general but is currently handled by the YRNA through the Management Fund Committee. This goal is for a greater interdisciplinary approach for continuing education around nursing leadership and management and the YRNA would like input if any LPNs have suggestions for training. The last used funds were to put to the EPEC-O course offered last weekend. Much of the funding was though CPAC (Canadian Partnership against Cancer) and it was a successful course with 5 of the seats being filled by LPNS.

Additions to meeting agenda:
Theresa will speak about the job fair.

Minutes from last year’s AGM were circulated for approval.

The newly voted in logo was approved. See the Yukon LPN website, www.yukonLPN.com , for a viewing.

Theresa reviewed the job fair that the Association took part in last October. Our booth had information on what it is to be an LPN, and blood pressure testing was offered. The

YLPNA booth neighboured the YRNA booth which worked quite well for getting us out to the public. We had a flyer to give out with our mission and vision statements, info on

Yukon College training, and what LPN’s do.

The Yukon LPN Association’s mission and vision statements, developed this year, are:

Mission:
To support Yukon LPNs through the provision of leadership, advocacy, mentorship and increased community awareness.

Vision:
The Yukon LPN Association provides opportunities for collaboration, education, member’s input and community involvement.

The Association seeks to bring about policy and/or regulatory changes that advance the profession.

Theresa reviewed the year’s budget. We came in on budget, with the money we made from memberships being used to cover operating expenses.

Liability Insurance:
We are ready to roll it out!

Three different companies are willing to cover us. The coverage is pretty close to the same between them with $2 million being the minimum coverage we can purchase. The board will choose before the end of the month and once completed, details will be sent to everyone.

The group insurance will cover malpractice. There are a couple LPNs in the territory however, who are self employed and going into people’s homes. They may want   general liability insurance as well to cover potential accidents causing injury to self or patient property. For a minimal fee, general insurance can be purchased additionally.

Anyone interested should contact an association board member.

Costs for insurance are embedded in the membership fee. Your employer may cover the fee. The WGH collective agreement says “professional fees are covered” and WGH employees are encouraged to claim the cost. YG employee’s fees are currently not covered by their collective agreement. They are currently in negotiations and no longer accepting new additions for bargaining so this may need to be an issue addressed the next time YG union employees go to the bargaining table.

The association had received assurances from the current territorial government that they would ensure our membership and licensure fees would be covered for all LPNs however, but they have since backed out. On a side note, all other Canadian provinces have mandatory insurance, many more expensive than ours and also not covered so we are not in the worst situation.

Our policy will be bound as of the end of April. We will have to pay the full fee at that time. We will either need to base numbers on last year’s membership (72 people) or what we currently have but as of the end of April we will not be able to change fees even if more people join (more members = potentially lower fees). Next year our fees will change based on this year’s numbers.

Students will have a $25 association membership fee but will not have liability insurance with that fee. When an individual’s license is accomplished, the remaining amount will need to be paid.

There was a question raised about whether students using an interim license can/ need to have the liability insurance. Keri will look into it.

Website:
If anyone has anything they would like to see on the website, please forward it to a board member and we will see it added on.

Board Positions:
We have lost people throughout the year so a couple directors are needed.

Keri has been in the role of President for years and is willing to step down. This was discouraged by all at this time.

Amanda was elected to Vice President last year so has one more year in the term.

Jessie was elected to secretary last year so has one more year in the term.

Theresa stepped into the role of Treasurer mid year as the previous treasurer stepped down. Interest was shown for her role by Lindsay Heynen. There was discussion about what role students could take and it was decided that until they are licensed LPN’s they should not form the executive. However, Lindsay offered to work alongside Theresa assisting with taking care of membership cards and this was approved.

Shawna McEwan put herself forward as a director. She was accepted by Emerald Gillespie and seconded by Brenda Winstanley. Brenda Winstanley stepped forward as a director. She was accepted by Shauna McEwan and seconded by Emerald Gillespie.

Laura Gohl was nominated by Amanda Fraser. She was not in attendance at this meeting and will need to be confirmed.

Sarah Schleinkofer, Ann Doherty and Sherry Fairweather will stay on as Directors.

Strategic Planning:
We discussed hiring a strategy planner. This will cost money though we can get funding through Volunteer Yukon. If we were going to pay this expense, we would like much input from the membership. Please pass forward your ideas through a board member or the “contact” section of our web page.

Annual Event:
We would like to throw an annual event for our membership to come together yearly, outside of work. If anyone has ideas please share them, again, through a board member or the contact section of the website.

Logo Contest Winner!

We’re pleased to announce the winner of our logo contest.  Design D, seen below, was selected from four finalists.  The top submissions were voted on by association members this spring. Thank you to everyone who submitted logos and those who took the time to vote.

The new Yukon LPN Association Logo

Below, association president Keri Moore congratulating LPN Cassandra Wood for winning the YLPNA logo contest. She was awarded a $100 Visa card for her first place entry.

yukon LPN logo-winner-presentation

The other three semifinalists:

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Notice of AGM 2016

The Yukon LPN Association annual general meeting has been scheduled:

Time and place
April 25, 2016, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Copper Ridge Place Rendezvous Room

Details
During the meeting the YLPNA logo contest winner will be announced and the new YLPNA logo unveiled.

The meeting will also include special guest speakers and information on liability insurance.

Light snacks and refreshments provided.

For further information please contact Keri Moore at 332-7888.

Babysitting services provided with advance notice. Please call Theresa Beaudoin at 336-1964 for more information.

 

Logo Contest Finalists

Thank you to everyone who submitted designs in our logo contest! Here are the four finalists.

Members will receive an email with instructions on how to vote for their favourite, and once voting is complete the board will announce the winning design at the AGM.

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Logo Design A

Logo Design B

Logo Design B

Logo Design C

Logo Design C

Logo Design D

Logo Design D

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….