Who We Are / Vision & Mission

Who We Are

CARNA is the professional and regulatory body for Alberta's more than 35,000 registered nurses, including nurses in direct care, education, research and administration as well as nurse practitioners. Its mandate is to protect the public by ensuring that Albertans receive effective, safe and ethical care by registered nurses.


Excellence in nursing regulation and practice for the health of all Albertans


The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta serves the public by regulating registered nurses in order to promote and support safe, competent, ethical nursing care and providing progressive, innovative leadership that encourages professional excellence and influences health policy.

Critical Success Factors

Maintaining Excellence in Self-Regulation
Demonstrating consistent and equitable application of legislation, and continually striving to ensure integrity of the processes; increasing member understanding and appreciation of the value and responsibility of self-regulation

Promoting Excellence in Nursing Practice
Providing leadership in promoting and celebrating excellent nursing practice

Influencing Health Policy
Demonstrating accountability to the public and CARNA’s members by providing information and leadership that assists with the development of provincial and national health policy; building the confidence of the membership and the public by advocating responsibly for members and the public good.

Promoting Effective Relationships
Building collegial and collaborative relationships through affirmation of interest-based, respectful and inclusive exchanges

Communicating Strategically
Listening to and considering the perspectives and needs of all stakeholders; delivering relevant information and key messages to specific audience groups

Managing Resources with Wisdom and Foresight
Planning and managing human and fiscal resources responsibly