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 Provisional Practice Permit has the following restrictions:


A Provisional Permit holder can practice only while supervised in a manner satisfactory to the Registrar or Registration Committee. Defined as:

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

Supervision can be direct or indirect remote

  • Indirect remote supervision: a Regulated Nurse provides the supervision and is readily available by phone or on another adjacent unit.

This means a Regulated Nurse is on the unit or in the same location for guidance and consultation but is not directly at the side of the PN (graduated psychiatric nurse).  In community health settings or in home care, the Regulated Nurse must be physically present in the clinic setting or in the client’s home.


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