CARNA Council voted unanimously on August 19, 2020 to move to a single mandate regulatory organization with a commitment to develop and grow a new association.
CARNA will begin work immediately on a transition plan to separate the two existing mandates. We will be thoughtful and supportive as each organization focuses on its own uniqueness - one as a healthcare regulator to protect Albertans through safe and competent care and one as an association to evolve the profession of nursing.
Further details, as they evolve will be added to our website so please check the CARNA website for further information and updates.
This decision comes as a result of lengthy research and consultation and will set a new way forward, both as the regulator of the nursing profession and as well to help frame a vision for a new association. You may recall that in late 2019, CARNA’s Provincial Council commissioned a review of its governance functioning with the goal to review and identify governance principles, structures and best practices. CARNA’s dual mandate was also examined for its suitability as a modern structure fit for an evolving healthcare landscape. All nine recommendations of the Governance Task Force were accepted and approved on August 19. The full Task Force report is available here.
“CARNA Provincial Council recognizes the importance of protecting Albertans by ensuring safe and competent care. We can now dedicate our regulatory mandate to this exclusively” says CARNA President Dennie Hycha. “Nurses are critical in the delivery of quality care and this new chapter in nursing regulation evolution is a positive and progressive development. This decision will also see the continued work toward advancement of the nursing profession in Alberta.”
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A lengthy review consultation was done with registrants and the public. A report was released for member feedback in June 2020. All nine recommendations of the report were accepted and approved by Provincial Council on August 19.