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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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.


The Schizophrenia Society of Canada announces its newly redeveloped website on cannabis and psychosis. Featuring current scientific evidence and young people’s experiential perspectives, the resource dispels some of the myths about cannabis while empowering youth and emerging adults with education and prevention resources they need to have an informed understanding about the risks of cannabis use .

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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.