College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta                                           Issue 3 |  September 2017  
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The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses, the College and Association of Registered Nurses and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta have finalized and published the Medical Assistance in Dying Guidelines for all nurses in Alberta.  The guidelines contain key information on Eligibility, the Nurses Role, Communicate with the Client and Family and much more. The guidelines can be found in the Library on the website. 


The College has proposed a number of changes to the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Profession Regulation. The regulation creates a structure for scope of practice, registration requirements, continuing competence and conduct processes.

 A few of the proposed changes include:

* A requirement to demonstrate competence in psychiatric nursing jurisprudence

* Authorization for RPNs to prescribe Schedule 1 medication

* Authorization for RPNs to order diagnostic tests

* RPNs to supervise unregulated workers performing psychosocial interventions.

* The Continuing Competence Program
* RPNs to administer ultra sound.

The original Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulation was proclaimed in November of 2005. The College continually monitors the changing health care climate and the needs of Albertans in care.  This includes the ongoing review of restricted activities and the need to move forward with exploring and requesting changing restricted activity authorizations of registered psychiatric nurses, specifically related to RPN prescribing and the ordering of diagnostic tests. Administering ultra sound is a skill that has been a part of the Psychiatric Nursing education program for many years.

The move forward with this potential change is to optimize the practice of registered psychiatric nurses, facilitate system changes and increase access to care plus increase system efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Further updates will be coming as the College works closely with Alberta Health to move the proposed changes forward.


The inaugural forum of Canadian Nurse Regulators was held July 6, 2017.

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RPN membership trending over the last five (5) years.

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                        NOTICE TO MEMBERS

Date:            Saturday, October 21, 2017
Location:     CRPNA Office
                     201, 9711 45 Avenue
                     Edmonton, Alberta  T6E 5V8
Time:            1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Light refreshments will be served.

Contact the CRPNA office to register: [email protected]


On March 20, 2017 Alberta Health appointed three (3) new Public Members to the CRPNA Council.

Hany Abdelhady
Munira Peermohamed
Joseph Zelmer

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On June 3, 2017 Council approved the amended ByLaws as previously circulated to members.


CRPNA is pleased to report the successful outcome of the first online CRPNA Council nominations.  

Five(5) Council positions were available for the 2017 election; CRPNA received five (5) eligible nominations by the July 31, 2017 nomination deadline.   As per CRPNA Nomination & Election Policy if the number of eligible candidates is less or equal to the number of members to be elected, those candidates shall be elected by acclamation

This year a vote is not required and will not be conducted, the five (5) RPN candidates listed below are elected by acclamation as of the CRPNA Annual General Meeting on October 21, 2017.

1) Tawanda Chiremba
2) Sharon Martin
3) Sianne Martin
4) Greg Pflance
5) Darlene Vander Laan 

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CRPNA continues to expand its online processes with the addition of a new online "Member Page" with full member access to electronic practice permits and tax receipts that they can print.  Members can also view and change their personal information, view self-reported hours, and update their employment information.

Registered Psychiatric Nurses Foundation Inc. (RPNF) offers 3 scholarships:

John Alex Crawford Scholarship – This Scholarship is for any RPN in Canada who wishes to pursue Master’s or Doctoral studies that are directly related to any of the four domains of Psychiatric Nursing Practice.

Annette Thorimbert Osted Scholarship – This Scholarship is for a Psychiatric Nurse student enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Baccalaureate Psychiatric Nursing Program at a Canadian University.

The McCormick / Henry Scholarship – This Scholarship is for any RPN in Canada who is taking further studies in seniors mental health at the graduate level (MA or PhD) or through an accredited certificate program.

For more information on the Scholarships and how to apply may be found on the RPNF website at www.rpnf.ca

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