Currently Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) cannot apply
non-ionizing radiation in the application of ultrasound imaging (i.e.
bladder scanning) under current regulations. The College of Registered
Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta is working with both Alberta Health and
Alberta Health Services towards making the required changes in
legislation to address this issue to ensure RPNs can perform this
restricted activity in the continuity of care for all Albertans.
In anticipation of forth coming regulation changes the
Psychiatric Nursing program at MacEwan University continues to teach
this particular restricted activity continuing to provide RPNs upon
graduation with the knowledge, skills and competency to perform this