Individual nurses need to be knowledgeable about the legislation that governs their practice and CARNA supports nurses in understanding the relevant legislation.
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.
Registered Nurses Profession Regulation under the HPA defines the rules that govern registered nursing practice in Alberta, including:
The Health Information Act (HIA) deals with complex issues concerning the collection, use, disclosure and protection of health information used in the health-care system. It provides individuals with the right to request access to health records in the custody or control of custodians and covers the actions of affiliates.
All regulated members of CARNA are custodians for the purposes of the HIA unless they are an affiliate of another custodian.
Examples of custodians include:
Registered nurses employed by these organizations are affiliates.
An "affiliate" is:
Learn more about the Health Information Act and what you should know about Netcare and Privacy Impact Assessments by viewing this CARNA webinar.
The CARNA Privacy Modules are a resource for CARNA's regulated members to increase their knowledge of privacy and confidentiality as required by the Health Information Act (HIA) and the CARNA standards Privacy and Management of Health Information: Standards for CARNA's Regulated Members.
The Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act (AGTA) provides options and safeguards to protect vulnerable adults who may want assistance or are not able to make all of their own decisions. It provides a range of options from supported decision-making or co-decision-making to full guardianship and trusteeship.
The Office of the Public Guardian recognizes the key role that registered nurses have with individuals who require decision-making support. Under the AGTA, registered nurses may receive three-day intensive training to become designated capacity assessors.
Examples of the ways this legislation impacts members include:
To read more, download the registered nurses fact sheet.
The Office of the Public Guardian notifies CARNA when Capacity Assessment Training will be offered. Visit the For Health Care Providers section of the webpage of the Office of the Public Guardian for upcoming training opportunities. The webpage includes publications for health-care providers, publication order forms, and other resources.
The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta Bylaws govern our day-to-day operations. They define how CARNA is governed and structured and the rights, duties and responsibilities of members.
Under section 47.4, subsection 4(a)(ii) of the Residential Tenancies Act, RNs and NPs can provide a statement affirming that a tenant has been a victim of domestic violence, allowing the tenant to end their tenancy early and without financial penalty. This legislation applies in cases where continuing the tenancy poses a risk to the tenant, a dependent child or a protected adult.
Nurses completing this statement need to ensure: