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 College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta                                                 Issue 02     January 2017
 
                               
CRPNA Congratulates Dana Blackwell the first graduate of the MacEwan University Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing Program.

Fore more information on the MacEwan BPN Program
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EXCITING NEW ONLINE DEVELOPMENTS COMING THIS YEAR

CRPNA is continuing to move towards new expanded online processes for the 2017 year.  This year has already seen the development and implementation of the new online registration examination application process, and throughout 2017 we will see the implementation of a new online registration application processes, Member accessible online Practice Permits and tax receipts, an online RPN member page, and an online electronic process for nominating and voting of Provincial Council members to govern on the CRPNA Council. 


HIGHLIGHTS OF 2016


                                         
Review highlights from the CRPNA 2016 Annual Report.


                                                               
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2016 CRPNA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

CRPNA held its Annual General Meeting on October 13, 2016.

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REGISTERED PSYCHIATRIC NURSE REGULATORS OF CANADA (RPNRC)

The Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada (RPNRC) provides leadership for the profession of psychiatric nursing by: collaborating to achieve excellence and consistency in regulatory requirements and processes; engaging with stakeholders on regulatory matters; and informing the public about how the regulation of Registered Psychiatric Nurses in Canada protects the public. The RPNRC is a voice, nationally and internationally, for excellence in the profession.

Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada (RPNRC) is an incorporated body in Canada. It is a virtual organization whose members are the formal regulatory bodies for the profession of Registered Psychiatric Nurses in Canada: the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA); the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC); the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba (CRPNM): and, the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS).  The Yukon Ministry of Community Services also regulates Registered Psychiatric Nurses. The Board of Directors is formed of the Presidents/Chairs and Executive Directors/Registrars of the member organizations.  For more information visit the RPNRC website at 
http://www.rpnc.ca/


NATIONAL RPN MOBILITY & ASSESSMENT PROJECT

The RPNRC Mobility and Assessment of Canadian and Internationally Educated Registered Psychiatric Nurses Project was the first of its kind for the profession of Psychiatric Nursing in Canada.The project is now complete and the full report is available online.

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VALUING MENTAL HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Valuing Mental Health Advisory Committee is chaired by the Deputy Minister of Health, and provides consultation based on expertise and advice to the Valuing Mental Health Ministerial Executive Steering Committee.

Members represent interests from across the continuum of care (health promotion, illness, prevention, primary care, treatment, recovery) in substance use and misuse, mental health and mental illness and concurrent disorders.  Membership includes cross-ministry representatives, service providers, health Professions, community partners, persons with lived experience, and indigenous representatives. CRPNA is represented on this committee by Executive Director, Barbara Lowe

                                                             
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REGISTERED PSYCHIATRIC NURSES IN PRACTICE

The scope of care that registered psychiatric nurses provide is shaped by the standards, guidelines, and legislation that CRPNA is mandated to enforce. The following resources will help you understand what is expected of you as an RPN in Alberta regarding ethical, safe quality health and mental health care:

   RPN Regulations
   The Entry Level Competency’s
   RPNs prescribing Naloxone
   RPNs and MAID
   Charting and Documentation Guidelines for RPNs

These can be access on our website www.crpna.ab.ca under Members.


MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING

The Tri-Nursing Group (CRPNA, CLPNA and CARNA) are working together to update the FAQ on MAID to reflect current language as well as developing guidelines for Regulated Nurses in Alberta that should be available early in 2017.


NEW DOCUMENTATION GUIDELINES

December 3rd, 2016 CRPNA Council approved the Charting and Documentation guidelines for RPNs in practice in Alberta.  These guidelines will be a resource for RPNs to help meet the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) Practice Standards (2013) which require Registered Psychiatric Nurses to document timely and accurate reports of relevant observations, assessments, and decisions about client status, plans, interventions and evaluations of client outcomes.


CRPNA MEMBERSHIP STATISTICS

A look at where Registered Psychiatric Nurses are working in Alberta


 
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RENEWAL 2017/2018

CRPNA membership Renewal opening March 1st, 2017.  A renewal email will be sent to all members when registration renewal opens.  Watch for your email in early March.


 IN MEMORIAM

It is with sadness that CRPNA announces the passing of Robert (Bob) Allen, Chair of RPNRC and Executive Director of the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan.

Bob's contribution to the psychiatric nursing profession will be missed. We extend our condolences to the RPNAS Board and staff and to Bob's family and friends.

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It is with sadness that CRPNA announces the passing of Donna Higenbottam, past Executive Director /Registrar of the College Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia.

Donna’s contribution to the psychiatric nursing profession will be sadly missed.


 

CONGRATULATIONS!



CRPNA would like to congratulate the

MacEwan University Psychiatric Nursing Program
Graduates of 2016


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30 Years of Dedicated Service

Congratulations to all members of the CRPNA
who are celebrating 30 Years of dedicated
service in the profession.


 CRPNA COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS

CRPNA Council approved the new CRPNA Charting and Documentation Guidelines for RPNs in practice in Alberta

CRPNA Council responded to the October 2016 Annual General Meeting matter of not achieving quorum for Council elections by referencing and enabling CRPNA Bylaws 4.3, 4.8 and 7.1 to extend all Council member terms by one year thereby ensuring the effective ongoing operation of the Council, and maintaining the Council one-half turnover rate.

CRPNA Council strongly endorsed the move towards an electronic CRPNA Council Nominations and Elections process for the upcoming 2017 year.

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

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REGISTERED PSYCHIATRIC NURSES FOUNDATION INC.

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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