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College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta                                                  Issue 1 | September 2016  

CRPNA is pleased to announce its continuing efforts towards being green and reducing its ecological footprint with the move from the hardcopy mail-out LINK magazine publication into an exclusively electronic format publication of the new online E-LINK.


CRPNA DEVELOPING CHANGES TO THE RPN REGULATIONS


The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) continues to work on changes to the Registered Psychiatric Nurse Profession Regulations. This work is an important step in allowing our health system to more fully utilize the skills and experience of Alberta’s RPNs.  CRPNA is now consulting with Registered Psychiatric Nurses and stakeholders on the possible changes to expanded scope of practice for RPNs in areas such as, limited prescribing and ordering of diagnostic test, ordering x-rays and an advanced practice register for RPNs.  Your input and feedback is critical in the development of expanded scope of practice for Registered Psychiatric Nurses in Alberta.  RPNs will receive a survey via email within the next week please take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to provide your feedback on this important issue.


BILL 204 AUTHORIZES RPNs TO PROVIDE WRITTEN STATEMENTS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TO END THEIR TENANCY

Bill 204, the Residential Tenancies (Safer Spaces for Victims of Domestic Violence) Amendment Act, Authorizes RPNs to Provide Written Statements for Victims of Domestic Violence to end their Tenancy read more at   http://www.alberta.ca/safer-spaces-certificate-professionals.aspx#guidelines

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING

On June 17, 2016 an Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make amendments to other related acts (medical assist in dying) received Royal Assent.  This legislation allows a person to request and receive medical assistance in dying in Canada under limited circumstances.  This piece of legislation revises the Canadian Criminal Code to include exemptions for health care providers who may help to provide medical assistance in dying under the direction of a physician or nurse practitioner.   Guidance related to the new Medical Assistance in Dying legislation for Alberta’s nurses has now been released by the Tri-Nursing Group (CRPNA, CARNA, and CLPNA).  Read the full FAQ if you have questions contact the practice consultant at CRPNA.


MINISTERIAL ORDER ALLOWING NALOXONE PRESCRIBING FOR RPNS EXTENDED

RPNs that meet the CRPNA requirements and conditions continue to be able to prescribe and dispense take home naloxone (THN) kits to clients who meet eligibility criteria.  The Government of Alberta has extended the ministerial order until January 31, 2017 and passed amendment to the Schedule Drugs Regulation that designates Naloxone as a Schedule 2 drug for use in emergency treatment of opioid overdose outside a hospital setting. 

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COLLEGE OF REGISTERED PSYCHIATRIC NURSES OF ALBERTA CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO LPN REGULATION

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is proposing amendments to its professional regulation and requesting authorization for restricted activities to expand the scope of practice for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in the province of Alberta.  Alberta Health has requested feedback on the proposed amendments from stakeholders including CRPNA.  CRPNA responded to Alberta Health’s request for feedback on the proposed changes to the LPN regulations.

COLLEGE OF REGISTERED PSYCHIATRIC NURSES POSITION ON THE REVIEW OF CONTINUING CARE REGULATIONS

CRPNA welcomed the opportunity to provide recommendations to the proposed review of the continuing care regulations by Alberta Health.  CRPNA recommended the inclusion of RPNs in positions of charge, team lead, case managers and directors of care across the long term care settings and home care.  The RPN has the depth and breadth of knowledge to address the complex mental and physical health issues of long term care residents and home care clients.


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2016 Annual General Meeting

Thursday, October 13, 2016
CRPNA Office
201, 9711 45 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T6E 5V8
from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Contact the CRPNA office to register: crpna@crpna.ab.ca


Are you interested in becoming a Provincial Councillor, or want to know more about what a Provincial Councillor does?

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If you are an RPN working in clincial practice and you are willing to participate in a University of Alberta short survey  on: Self-Perceptions of Nursing Informatics Competencies.

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CRPNA COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS


CRPNA Council held a Strategic Planning Day to review and revise the CRPNA Strategic Plan to ensure it remained fully aligned with the Health Professions Act and the Colleges regulatory mandate and requirements.CRPNA approved the revised CRPNA Strategic Plan 2016 - 2019.


CRPNA Council is excited to support the College continuing to move forward in its efforts to being greener and reducing its ecological footprint with the decision to move the mail out LINK magazine publication into an exclusively electronic format publication.

CRPNA Council responds to the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC) to express their deep concerns and disappointment in the direction being taken by CRPNBC in their move towards supporting the development of a single nurse regulator for all nurses in BC, the Council requested information and clarification on a number of issues related to a BC Nurse regulator amalgamation.


CRPNA acknowledged changes to the Health Profession Act Schedule 25 in which there was a name change to the “Profession of Registered Psychiatric Nurses” with the deletion of “and mental deficiency nurses” as there are no longer any mental deficiency nurses eligible for registration.





















































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