Psychiatric Nursing


Psychiatric nurses work with clients whose primary care needs relate to mental and developmental health.  Psychiatric nurses recognize the complex relationship between emotional, developmental, physical and mental health, as well as the role that social factors, culture and spirituality play in illness and recovery. Read more  .

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) is the professional regulatory body for registered psychiatric nurses in Alberta; it currently regulates over 1,400 registered psychiatric nurses in Alberta. 

Psychiatric Nursing is recognized as a distinct health care profession in Canada and many other countries – a profession that is growing and adapting to meet the changing needs of individuals, families, groups and communities as well as the health care system.  

A psychiatric nurse career takes into account the mind, body, spirit of all persons, groups, communities and populations with whom they are working.


Confirm the Registration Status of an RPN


In accordance with the Health Professions Act (HPA) Section 34 (1) the College must provide information pertaining to member name, registration number, status and conditions upon request.

PLEASE NOTE: All attempts are made to ensure that information is accurate and correct but it is not guaranteed

A Practice Permit: -

Legally authorizes a member to practice in Alberta and use the title "Registered Psychiatric Nurse" or initials "RPN".

A Practice Permit with conditions:-


Please contact the Registrar for details of conditions.

A Temporary Practice Permit has the following restrictions:-


May practice only while supervised in a manner satisfactory to the Registrar or Registration Committee
Defined as:

  • Not to be in charge of a unit
  • Not to work alone on a unit
  • May use the title "Psychiatric Nurse" or initials "PN"

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