CRPNA Members


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.


CRPNA provides confidential consultations to registered psychiatric nurses and others who seek assistance about issues that affect the delivery of safe, competent, ethical psychiatric nursing care.

RPN MEMBER PAGE


Members can sign in to their own personal member page where they can view and change personal information, view self-reported hours, print a current practice permit card and tax receipt, and upload documents/certificates of completion.

Member Sign In

MAINTAIN MY REGISTRATION

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.

DOCUMENT REQUESTS

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 business days.

GOVERNANCE

The Health Professions Act (HPA) provides a framework for governance, registration, restricted activities, discipline and continuing competence. It defines the requirements that regulated health professions in Alberta need to follow to provide safe and competent care to the public. Individual Psychiatric Nurses need to be knowledgeable about the legislation that governs their practice.

CURRENT PRACTICE ALERTS


Social Media and e-Professionalism guidance document
UPDATED March 2021 



MARCH 22, 2021 | ALBERTA NURSING REGULATOR'S STATEMENT ON HIGH VOLUME VACCINATION CLINICS

 

The Alberta Nursing Regulators: The College and Association of Registered Nurses, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency and mass immunization clinics are being put in place to protect Albertans from COVID-19. As a result, Alberta Health Services (AHS) has put forward protocols for use in AHS COVID-19 High Volume Vaccination Clinics. These protocols apply to specific locations, for a specified time frame and will be reviewed periodically. The Nursing Regulators wish to provide the following information to their registrants.


All nurses are expected and required to abide by their Practice Standards. It is important to acknowledge that the Practice Standards of each regulatory college recognize the need for health care professionals to exercise their evidence-informed professional judgment given the circumstances.


The Colleges recognize that the first duty of health professionals is to their patients, and that in certain circumstances appropriate patient care involves exercising professional judgment as to the best means of protecting patients from risk of serious harm.


In addition, nurses should follow their employer requirements for administering medications within their competence and scope of practice, while at the same time adhering to their professional accountability and responsibility. COVID-19 has impacted how we work together as a greater community in addressing public health interests, directives, and mandates.


PROTECTING PATIENTS FROM SEXUAL ABUSE AND MISCONDUCT EDUCATION COURSE

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 prior to renewing their 2021-2022 practice permit.

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 prior to the 2021/2022 renewal year.



    

ANNUAL RENEWAL INFORMATION

Practice Permits must be renewed by April 30th.

                     

    Click on the Information Icon  for more information on:
   
              Key Points for renewing
              How to View Permits and Tax Reciepts
              "How to Renew" Instructions
              Quick Tips to Calculate Practice Hours  


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