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.

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The CRPNA is pleased to provide the Online Provincial Council Nomination & Voting process.  The online election process ensures ALL regulated RPNs in Alberta have the opportunity to put nominations for Provincial Council forward and vote on those nominations to elect CRPNA Council Members from anywhere in Alberta.
Call for Nominations to the CRPNA Provincial Council Now Open
Submission Deadline is midnight June 30, 2019


Q.  How does the Online Election process work?

Each year a call for nominations will go out to all RPNs in Alberta.  All interested RPNs will submit a completed nomination form and member overview which will be used to develop their member profile which will be posted and sent to all regulated RPNs to vote on during the election process in September.

To be eligible for nomination the RPN must:
       a) Be on the Practicing or Temporary Practicing Register;
       b) Be in good standing on the date of the election;
       c) Have a minimum of one (1) year practice in Canada; and
       d) Submit a nomination form and Member overview

Q.  What are the expectations and responsibilities of a Provincial Council Member?

A Provincial Council Member as part of the CRPNA must carry out the activities and govern its regulated members in a manner that protects and serves the public interest, and must provide direction to and regulate the practice of the profession.

A Provincial Council Member must carry out the activities of the college and perform other duties and functions by the exercise of the powers conferred by the Health Professions Act.

A Provincial Council Member must act in the public interest adhering at all times to the highest ethical standards without regard to personal interests, in the crucial role of self-governance in regulating the practice of Alberta RPNs.

Q.  What is the commitment of a Provincial Council Member?

* A Provincial Councillor is a three year term
* Council meetings are held four to five times per year on a Saturday at the CRPNA Head office
* Participate in discussions, while respecting other opinions and committing to Council decisions
* Contribute to the development of priorities for the College through strategic planning activities in a manner that protects and serves the public interest   
* Act on behalf of, and be accountable to the public in the regulation of RPNs 



On April 1, 2019, amendments to the Health Professions Act (HPA) to protect Albertans from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct when accessing health services came into effect. These amendments establish mandatory penalties for sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by all regulated health professionals.
The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) is pleased to release a new Standard of Practice to address the protection of patients from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct.  The new CRPNA Standard of Practice “Maintaining Professional Boundaries and Preventing Sexual Abuse”  provides the definitions and the must do’s and must not do’s for registered psychiatric nurses in any practice setting.  This Standard of Practice is in addition to the existing standards of practice that govern the practice of all psychiatric nurses in Alberta.  Knowing and utilizing all standards of practice is mandatory for all practicing psychiatric nurses.


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Registered Psychiatric Nurses launch joint project to update Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice

The Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators in Canada continue the work to revise and update the Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice.   CRPNA would like to thank all the RPNs who took the time to complete the draft Standards of Practice validation survey.  The information and feedback RPNs provided is incredibly important in helping to validate these revised standards of practice for RPNs.

The Standards describe in broad terms the expected level of performance of all RPNs.  The current Standards of Practice were developed a number of years ago, with some incremental changes.  The intention is to create a single set of Standards covering all four provinces, fully reflecting the many changes in psychiatric nursing practice since then.