CARNA is the professional and regulatory body for Alberta’s more than 37,000 RNs, including nurses in direct care, education, research and administration as well as nurse practitioners. Our dual mandate centers on serving the public interest: as a regulator by ensuring ethical, safe, competent care by registered nurses and, as an association, by supporting the pursuit of excellence in RN practice.
CARNA plays an essential role in shaping the framework for registered nurse practice in Alberta and influencing health policy decisions in the best interest of the public. Find out exactly what this means and what else we do at CARNA.
Our approach to regulation is to use the minimum amount necessary to fulfill our mandate of public protection. Learn about how we are applying right-touch regulation to our work.
In the interest of public safety, we strive to advance the profession
and nursing practice, build public awareness and influence health
issues and policy by having an evidence-informed regulatory and RN
We regularly seek feedback and input from RNs on health policy issues. Learn how RNs/NPs are impacting policy and shaping strategies.
RNs play a pivotal role in leading, preparing and implementing changes that influence the health of individual Albertans and overall health-care delivery. Get a glimpse into what it's like to be a registered nurse in Alberta.
CARNA extends its national reach to ensure Alberta registered nurses get a national voice by being a member of the Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators (CCRNR) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). Find out more about these organizations.
Governance committees are fully accountable to provincial council and help to fulfill council responsibilities specified in legislation. The chief purpose of these committees is to assist in developing policy alternatives and implications for council deliberation.
Regulatory committees carry out some of CARNA's responsibilities as a self-regulating profession.
Alberta RN magazine is published quarterly and mailed to more than 37,000 registered nurses in Alberta and to provincial nursing associations, educational institutions, government departments, elected officials, health-care associations and individual subscribers.
Registered nurses have always played an important role in the lives of Albertans. The history of registered nurses, their practice and the growth of this province are closely linked, as nurses and nursing practices have continually adapted to meet the changing needs of Albertans. Their story is of innovation, strength, leadership and advocacy.