Once the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) assesses an applicant and issues a practice permit, the applicant becomes a registrant.
Registrants are required to renew their permit annually to practice as a registered nurse (RN) or nurse practitioner (NP) in Alberta. During renewal, the CRNA ensures the registrant still meets all the requirements to practice.
Registrants update any changes in their employment and report the number of hours they spent practising as an RN or NP. Registrants must practise a minimum number of hours to maintain their permit.
The CRNA requires all registrants to complete mandatory education that protects patients.
Registrants have a responsibility to report any disciplinary or conduct concerns when they renew their permit. They are also required to attest that they are fit to practice. If a registrant finds themselves unable to practise due to a physical or mental health condition, substance abuse or addiction, or a medical leave, they are obligated to report this to the CRNA.
All registrants who hold an active practice permit must annually complete the continuing competence program (CCP) requirements. The CCP supports public safety by ensuring registrants engage in ongoing professional development to maintain and improve their competence. Registrants assess their nursing practice, obtain peer feedback, and implement a learning plan to address their learning needs.
A registrant may have conditions on their practice permit. They are responsible for reviewing and addressing those conditions in a timely manner. In some cases, a practice permit may not be renewed unless the conditions are met.
The CRNA has a process to address complaints and ensure registrants meet all the requirements to maintain their practice permit in good standing.