Being registered provides you with a permit to practice and authorizes you to use the designation Registered Psychiatric Nurse or RPN. The RPN designation means you are a recognized professional and legally authorized to practice. It assures other health professionals and colleagues of your competence and reinforces public trust in our profession. Maintaining registration requirements helps ensure a continuing high standard of care.
To be registered as an RPN or to maintain your RPN practice permit you must:
* Have 1,400 practice hours in the previous five years, or graduated from a
psychiatric nursing program in the past 4 years
* Renew your practice permit annually by April 30
* Complete annual Continuing Competence Program(CCP) requirements
* Ensure your ongoing fitness to practice
Career Breaks, Parental Leave or Retirement
Whether you're taking a temporary break from psychiatric nursing,
relocating to another province or retiring for good, we need to be
notified that you will not be renewing your practice permit.
Even though you may not be working, we need you to renew or take a
non-practicing membership by the renewal deadline to remain in good
standing and to avoid outstanding conditions, fees or having your permit
suspended or cancelled. This is the only way for us and the public to
know that you are not working without a practice permit.
Practice Permits must be renewed by April 30th.
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Select the links below for more detailed information on:
To request: tax receipts, verification of license,
verification of self-reported hours, transcripts and other items
download the request form .
Once the form is completed you can email, fax or mail the form to CRPNA. The request will be processed within 2 to 3
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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 document.
The document and webinar are intended to support Alberta’s nurses in developing positive intraprofessional relationships by incorporating collaborative principles into their practice.
Collaborative Practice Principles that will be discussed:
This webinar includes a live Q&A with CRPNA, CARNA and CLPNA representatives.
WEBINAR: Collaborative Practice in Nursing
October 15, 2020 – 12:00 – 1:00pm
A webinar is a live seminar attended using an internet-connected computer or mobile device, allowing participants in different locations to see and hear the live presentation and ask questions. Registration is required to receive the website link to the presentation and email reminders.
Unable to attend or want to watch again? This presentation will be recorded and made available on the CLPNA’s YouTube Channel.
Questions regarding registering for the webinar? Contact the CLPNA’s Professional Development Department at email@example.com, 780.484.8886 or 1.800.661.5877 (toll-free in Alberta).
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