Every RN must have 1,125 practice hours in the previous five CARNA membership years (running from October 1 to September 30) when applying for initial and ongoing registration.
Currency is also granted if you have graduated from an approved
nursing program or nursing refresher program within the last five
You have three options:
Hours engaged nursing practice (clinical practice, administration, education and research) in accordance with Schedule 24 of the Health Professions Act provided registration and a practice permit were held.
Is your position considered nursing practice? The scope of nursing is broad and can include practice roles that do not specifically refer to nursing in the job title or job description (e.g. administration/management, clinical informatics, research, clinical informatics, health promotion/policy etc). Even if your employer does not specify registration as a job qualification, you may be practising nursing and require registration.
Though an employer may not require you to hold an active practice permit, please remember that CARNA, not the employer, determines what is nursing practice and whether registration is required. Please contact us if you would like your practice reviewed to ensure you don't work without a practice permit.
You may include hours of RN practice for "call-back" but not "on-call" hours provided you held registration and a practice permit.
You may count hours of certified graduate nurse (CGN) practice in Alberta or British Columbia provided you held registration and a practice permit. This includes hours for "call-back" but not "on-call" hours.
You may also include CGN hours spent fulfilling duties to the profession on behalf of CARNA (CARNA committee), regulatory bodies or professional nursing organizations.
You may include hours spent fulfilling duties to the profession on behalf of CARNA, regulatory bodies or professional nursing organizations.
The consultation activities must fall within the definition of nursing practice and be related to nursing services.
Courses must be completed at a post-basic education level (theory or clinical) while holding registration and a practice permit with a regulatory body. Courses must be completed within the practice year to claim hours for that year (transcripts or course confirmation may be required).
The following may be considered towards RN or CGN practice hours:
Approval is required from the Registration Committee to report hours from:
You may not count hours spent in courses for the purpose of being eligible for registration or renewal of a permit (e.g., a nursing refresher program, nursing/nurse practitioner clinical practicum experience).
You may count RN hours from another province, territory or country provided you held registration and a practice permit in that jurisdiction (verification may be required).
You may count:
*Clinical content/components refer to coursework involving advanced anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology/pharmacotherapeutics, health assessment and clinical management
Please note: Hours outside of NP clinical practice can be recorded separately as RN hours in your myCARNA profile for the practice year.
You may count direct contact hours of teaching, preparation hours in advance of teaching, and hours spent marking exams or assignments for a nursing program or continuing nursing education course or program.
You may count hours practising as an RPN in Alberta, provided you held a CARNA RN practice permit at the same time as an RPN practice permit with the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA).
You may count hours of RN/CGN/NP practice while serving with an organization (non-government organizations) where nursing skills are required. Documentation must indicate the position requires registration and can only count if the member was registered at the time of the practice.
A job description, a letter from the agency and approval for the setting may be required to count volunteer hours as nursing practice hours (contact email@example.com to request review).