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Health and Social Services

Nurse - Psychiatric

Psychiatric nurses provide professional nursing and mental-health nursing services for patients, residents, and clients in acute and long-term care facilities and in the community. They assess physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health needs, develop diagnoses, and plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care.


College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta
Suite 201
9711 - 45th Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T6E 5V8

Call: 780-434-7666
Toll-free: 1-877-234-7666
Fax: 780-436-4165



Under Alberta’s Health Professions Act [pdf], Health Professions Restricted Activity Regulation [pdf], and Registered Psychiatric Nurses Profession Regulation [pdf], registration with the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) is mandatory. Only registered members may provide restricted activities specified in the Regulations. This includes those who:

  • Meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public
  • Teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession
  • Supervise registered members who provide services to the public
  • Call themselves registered psychiatric nurses
  • Use the initials RPN or PN

What You Need

To register as a registered psychiatric nurse (RPN) in Alberta, you must have successfully completed:

Applicants who have been out of practice for a period may have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice.

For details about all registration requirements, contact the CRPNA or visit the CRPNA website.

Working in Alberta

Psychiatric nurses who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if their scope of practice and competencies are similar.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the CRPNA website.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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