You can make a difference by joining a CARNA regulatory committee. It is an opportunity for members of the Public and nurses to contribute to regulatory processes that protect patients.
Every year, CARNA invites members of the Public and RNs and NPs to apply to participate in any of CARNA’s regulatory committees. These committees include the Competence Committee, Nursing Education Program Approval Committee (NEPAC), Registration Committee, and Registration Review Committee.
Regulatory committees are permitted under the provincial statute that established CARNA, the Health Professions Act, to fulfil its delegated powers and authorities including registering competent nurses, helping maintain their ongoing competency, and setting the standards for the proper education of nurses to meet the needs of Albertans.
All applicants (public and CARNA registrants) who apply to serve on a regulatory committee must satisfy the following eligibility requirements in order to be short listed for appointment.
To apply for a regulatory committee position, you need to complete a secure online application.
If you need assistance with the online application, please contact us at 780-732-7156 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the public and regulated members appointed to regulatory committees must ensure their personal interests do not interfere with their public duties as a committee member. A conflict of interest arises when a reasonable person knowing the relevant facts would conclude or would perceive that the exercise of the committee member’s judgment was likely to have been influenced by the personal interest of the committee member or by the interest of a related person or a related corporation of that committee member. The following link provides the complete CARNA Conflict of Interest policy and should be reviewed. You are required to disclose any personal interests that may conflict with the interests of this committee. Disclosure does not disqualify you from consideration for appointment.
CARNA recognizes its work is best served by committees and tribunals which generally reflect the diversity of the community.
If you choose to complete the confidential diversity section in the application, the information is used to help CARNA achieving its objectives for access, equity, diversity, and reconciliation on regulatory committees. The CARNA Appointments Committee will report on the results of these responses in summary form only and will keep the identities of candidates confidential.
When there is a vacancy on a regulatory committee, CARNA will review the applications received for that position. All applications are screened for eligibility and qualifications and are forwarded to a Council appointments committee. The committee reviews the applications and decides which applicants will be shortlisted and reference checks completed. The appointments committee then recommends applicants for the vacancies to CARNA council. The appointments committee recommends one applicant to fill each vacant position.
The goal of the appointments committee is to achieve a balance of applicants who together cover the range of qualifications and skills needed by the committee; consist of experienced and new members; provide geographic representation; and representation of the Province’s diversity.
Typically, the appointments committee conducts it work within a month of applications closing and sends its recommended candidates to CARNA council for consideration. At the end of an appointment process, everyone who applied will be notified of Council’s decision. Recent appointments are also posted online.
If you are shortlisted, the appointments committee will request staff to conduct reference checks before the committee makes its final recommendations. Reference information is kept confidential.
The appeals committee is composed of five provincial councillors and is responsible for hearing appeals of hearing tribunal decisions.
Appeals may be brought to this committee by the investigated person or the CARNA complaints director within 30 days of a decision. The committee may uphold, overturn, vary the original decision, or refer the matter to the hearings director to be heard again before a different hearing tribunal.
For more information about this committee, contact the conduct department at email@example.com.
The competence committee is responsible for the continued development, operation and evaluation of the continuing competence program (CCP). They are also responsible for committee policies and processes.
Committee members determine whether a member has met the CCP requirements for a practice permit or complied with conditions assigned to meet CCP requirements.
For more information about this committee, contact Renee Meloche at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEPAC approves Alberta nursing education programs leading to initial entry to practice as an RN and NP and leading to re-entry to practice as an RN.
Members are appointed by CARNA provincial council and represent the public, health-care employers, registered nurses and nurse practitioners, and nursing education programs.
They also review evidence provided by nursing education programs to determine if NEPAC's standards and criteria for initial entry to practice as a registered nurse or nurse practitioner are met.
CARNA's Entry-Level Competencies for the Practice of Registered Nurses and nurse practitioners are foundational to NEPAC's nursing education standards and criteria.
Educational institutions applying for program approval must provide evidence these competencies are fully integrated into the planning, implementation, and evaluation of their nursing education program.
For more information about this committee contact Brittney Petersen at email@example.com.
The registration committee reviews complex applications for registration and practice permits. The committee is made up of eight CARNA members – RNs and NPs –appointed by provincial council.
Committee members are responsible for determining if an applicant/member has met legislated requirements and whether engaging in practice may pose a risk to public safety.
The committee may approve, defer, or refuse eligibility for registration and/or practice permits, and impose conditions or restrictions on a permit that support public safety.
The registration committee works with CARNA staff under the direction of provincial council to draft/enact policies to guide registration-related decision making.
For more information about this committee, please contact the case management team at firstname.lastname@example.org.