Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice


The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) is the professional regulatory body for Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN) in Alberta. In accordance with the Health Professions Act (HPA), the CRPNA is accountable for public protection by ensuring that Registered Psychiatric Nurses in Alberta provide safe, competent and ethical practice. This is achieved through the development, monitoring, and enforcement of the CRPNA Code of Ethics and Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice.

This document articulates the legal and professional obligations of the Registered Psychiatric Nurse. These are the minimum requirements that must be met and failure to do so may constitute unprofessional conduct. The CRPNA Code of Ethics and Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice apply to all practice settings, domains of practice and roles regardless of an individual RPNs educational preparation or professional experience. All regulated members must be knowledgeable about and abide by the CRPNA Code of Ethics and Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice.