The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) regulates psychiatric nursing as a distinct profession in Alberta under the Health Professions Act.

As a College, CRPNA provides direction to and regulates the practice of psychiatric nurses. The College establishes, maintains and enforces the requirements for licensure / registration, standards for registration, code of ethics, standards of practice and continued competence of the Profession in a manner that serves and protects public safety.

Notice to all members

CRPNA Annual General Meeting

on Thursday, October 13th, 2016
at the CRPNA Office,
Suite 201, 9711 45th Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T6E 5V8
from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

to register please email your attendance to:

Survey on Expanded Scope for RPNs

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) continues to work on changes to the Registered Psychiatric Nurse Profession Regulations. This work is an important step in allowing our health system to more fully utilize the skills and experience of Alberta’s RPNs.  CRPNA is now consulting with Registered Psychiatric Nurses and stakeholders on the possible changes to expanded scope of practice for RPNs in areas such as, limited prescribing and ordering of diagnostic tests, ordering x-rays and an advanced practice register for RPNs.  Your input and feedback is critical in the development of expanded scope of practice for Registered Psychiatric Nurses in Alberta.

CRPNA is requesting your feedback on a possible limited expanded scope of practice for Registered Psychiatric Nurses who meet specific criteria and work in certain settings.   This expanded scope in practice would be limited to prescribing Schedule 1 drugs and prescribing and ordering diagnostic tests in certain circumstances and areas.

This expanded scope of practice would not apply to all RPNs, but rather to individual RPNs who have successfully completed additional education and examinations as required by CRPNA.

Examples where limited RPN prescribing and ordering of diagnostic tests would be beneficial include: Community mental health clinics, outreach programs, sexually transmitted infection clinics, sexual assault centers, continuing care, home care, specialty ambulatory care clinics overseeing patients with chronic health conditions and travel clinics.

This expanded scope would only be applicable in the specific setting where protocols have been developed by the inter-professional team including the physician.


The information you provide will remain completely confidential to CRPNA.  CRPNA will report survey responses only in an aggregated form you will not be identified in any information presented in any manner.

This is a short survey.  The survey will be available until October 11, 2016.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by clicking on the survey link below.  Instructions on how to login will be provided or if you wish to  complete the survey anonymously you can login with ANON and password crpna1.

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Survey on Expanded Scope for RPNs


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