Whether you’re applying for initial registration, renewing your permit or returning to practice, you must meet our currency of practice requirement.
If you’ve done one of the following within the last five membership years (October 1 to September 30) you’ve met the requirement:
You are able to report your hours in MyCARNA during the application/renewal process and can review your hours under the My Profile tab. If there is an error, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with supporting documentation from your employer.
If you think you may be short practice hours, please contact us to discuss your particular situation. Available options include:
Please include any hours when you were engaged in nursing practice while you held an active permit.
Is your position considered nursing practice? The scope of nursing is broad and can include roles that do not specifically refer to nursing in the job title or job description (e.g. administration/management, health informatics, research, clinical practice, health promotion/policy, etc). Even if your employer does not require you to be a registered nurse, you may be performing activities outlined in Schedule 24 of the Health Professions Act and therefore require registration. Please contact email@example.com you are unsure.
You may count courses completed at a post-basic education level while you held a practice permit with a regulatory body. Eligible courses may include:
Courses must be completed within the practice year to claim hours for that year (transcripts or course confirmation may be required).
You may count volunteer hours where RN/CGN/NP skills are required. Documentation must indicate the position requires registration and can only count if the member was registered at the time of the practice. A job description, a letter from the agency and approval for the setting may be required to count volunteer hours as nursing practice hours (contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request review).
You may include hours spent fulfilling duties to the profession on behalf of CARNA, regulatory bodies or professional nursing organizations. See a list of committees.
You may only count these hours if your self-employed practice has been recognized as nursing practice by CARNA.
You may include hours of RN practice for "call-back" but not "on-call" hours provided you held a practice permit.
You may count hours of certified graduate nurse (CGN) practice in Alberta or British Columbia provided you held a practice permit. This includes hours for "call-back" but not "on-call" hours.
You may also include CGN hours spent fulfilling duties to the profession on behalf of CARNA (e.g., a committee), regulatory bodies or professional nursing organizations.
The consultation activities must fall within the definition of nursing practice and be related to nursing services.
You may count RN hours from another province, territory or country provided you held a practice permit in that jurisdiction (verification may be required).
Nurse practitioners are also required to work 600 clinical hours for each stream of NP practice every two membership years. These hours can be counted towards the 1,125 practice hours required every five years.If you are unable maintain currency for NP renewal, you can renew as an RN, provided you meet the RN currency requirement. Alternatively, you can request a review by the registration committee of your application for NP registration. You will need to outline learning activities you have done to maintain NP skill and knowledge and how you intend to meet NP currency requirements by the next practice year. This may include volunteer hours where the position description indicates NP skills are required
Nurse practitioner hours include:
Please note: Hours outside of NP clinical practice can be recorded separately as RN hours in your MyCARNA profile for the practice year.
You may count direct contact hours of teaching, preparation hours in advance of teaching, and hours spent marking exams or assignments for a nursing program or continuing nursing education course or program.
You may count hours practising as an RPN in Alberta, provided you held an RN practice permit at the same time as an RPN practice permit.