Standards of Practice

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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 .

Article - Cannabis Website Educates Youth


Mandatory Requirement - All RPNs MUST Complete This New Course

On April 1st, 2019, Bill 21 – An Act to Protect Patients - officially took effect in Alberta to protect patients from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by health professionals.  As part of the legislation, all regulated health professionals in Alberta must successfully complete an education course on preventing and addressing sexual abuse and sexual misconduct towards patients.  The three-module course will create awareness about how to recognize and prevent sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. The course includes key definitions, mandatory reporting requirements, and consequences of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct.

All members must complete the online education course Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct  and upload their certificate of completion through their CRPNA Member Page

This mandatory course on sexual abuse and sexual misconduct is now available through the Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professions (AFRHP) and can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Click this link to the Mandatory Course: Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct

Please note this course will take approximately an hour and a half to complete, and your progress is not saved. Upon completion, you must save this certificate and upload it to your CRPNA Member Page.

WEBINARS - Previously Recordered

Aesthetic Nursing

Aesthetic nursing is the provision of specialized procedures for the purpose of cosmetic treatment such as, but not limited to, dermal fillers, collagen stimulators, lipolysis and neuromodulators. This area of practice is constantly evolving and could include more procedures.

This is a joint presentation by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA), and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), the College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). Members of these regulatory bodies should contact their respective organizations if they have any questions about this presentation or wish to seek practice guidance on this topic.

This presentation will give a brief overview of Alberta nurses’ professional responsibilities and accountabilities related to aesthetic nursing practice including:

• Scope of Practice and Jurisdictional Responsibilities related to Aesthetic Nursing • The difference between Esthetic Services and Aesthetic Procedures • Education, documentation and record keeping requirements • Informed Consent, Infection Prevention & Control and self-employed practice review

Nurses in Independent Practice

Independent Practice is the application of nursing knowledge, skill, and principles outside of a traditional healthcare organization or setting.

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA), the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), are pleased to present this webinar, intended to help guide nurses who currently engage in or who are considering independent or self-employed practice and the delivery of health services. It is important to be appropriately informed and prepared prior to starting your own business as a regulated health professional.

The following information will be covered:

1. Scope of Practice
2. Regulatory Requirements
3. Definition of Independent Practice
4. Context of Nursing Practice
5. Preparation for Independent Practice
6. Advertising
7. Liability Coverage

Collaborative practice is a foundation for quality care.  Professionals working together with shared decision-making, open communication and mutual trust are fundamental to collaborative nursing practice.

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA), the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), are pleased to present a webinar based on the Collaborative Practice in Nursing 

The document and webinar are intended to support Alberta’s nurses in developing positive intra-professional relationships by incorporating collaborative principles into their practice.

Collaborative Practice Principles that will be discussed:

  1. Client-Centered Care
  2. Role Clarity
  3. Trust and Respect
  4. Effective Communication
  5. Shared Decision-Making
  6. Collaborative Leadership

Social Media: e-Professionalism for Nurses 
Nurses must be aware of social media’s evolving culture, understand its ever-changing technology and have the professional judgment and decision making to use it appropriately as outlined in the Social Media: e-Professionalism document from Alberta’s nursing colleges.
The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA),  the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), developed this document in collaboration to aid nurses in better understanding the importance of maintaining professionalism and making informed decisions when considering the use of any electronic form of communication.
Nurses should develop social media competence by knowing the risks and benefits of social media and incorporate the principles of social media e-professionalism into their practice, including patient/person free content, respect for the privacy of others, and maintaining professionalism at all times.
If you have any questions, please contact the CRPNA by email: or phone: 1.877.234.7666 or 780.434.7666

WEBINAR: Social Media: e-Professionalism for RPNs

Webinar has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a future date.