May 5, 2022
National Nursing Week in Canada takes place this year from May 9-15, 2022. This week was developed to recognize and appreciate the profession of nursing, acknowledging the tremendous impact that nurses have on the health and well-being of our communities.
As the regulatory body for registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Alberta, the CRNA focuses on setting the standards of practice that ensure our registrants can provide quality care to patients in health-care settings across the province. We are a College that fulfils the mandate of public protection, which is separate and distinct from the Alberta Association of Nurses (AAN).
In August 2020, the CRNA (formerly CARNA) Council separated its dual mandates so that the College would focus on setting regulatory standards for registered nurses, while the newly formed Alberta Association of Nurses would assist its membership through products, programs, and services typical of an association. The CRNA is committed to supporting the AAN as an independent nurse association.
We are happy to introduce the Alberta Association of Nurses (AAN), Alberta’s first all-inclusive nursing association, created by and for Alberta nurses. For the past year and a half, a small group of LPNs, RNs, RPNs, and NPs, have been voluntarily working together to build this organization. On May 9, 2022 — during nursing week — the association will launch with a mandate to enhance, promote, and advocate on behalf of all nursing professions.
All Alberta nurses — LPN, RN, RPN, NP, nursing students, retired nurses — are invited to join and add their voices to the association. Besides offering a comprehensive list of benefits for its members, AAN is committed to connecting nurses and providing services, supports, and resources to help members achieve professional excellence. If you’d like to learn more about the work of AAN or how to become a member, please visit albertanursing.ca.
For National Nurses Week, both the CRNA and the AAN want to acknowledge that nurses' lives have been deeply impacted by the pandemic, and that the work they have done and continue to do is above and beyond the call of duty.
We look forward to continuing our important work with Alberta nurses, as they contribute to the health of our province.