Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) are well qualified professionals and play a significant role in delivery of health services.
The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) has created a document to outline Requisite Skills and Abilities for Becoming a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in Alberta for those interested in a career in this field.
RPNs are employed in a wide range of settings, including the following:
- Acute, child and adolescent, forensic and geriatric psychiatry
- Community mental health programs
- Acute and long-term stay psychiatric facilities
- Institution and community-based correctional facilities
- Long-term care facilities
- Rehabilitation and vocational programs
- Group homes and half-way houses
- Substance abuse and addiction programs
- Crisis teams and suicide prevention programs
- Administration, research, personnel and staff development
- Consulting, private practice, family therapy
- Community programs for persons with disabilities
- Residential and community based programs for persons with developmental handicaps
- Social services, child services, daycares, youth centres
- Educational facilities, counselling, special needs
RPNs who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree within psychiatric/mental health nursing may apply for admission to MacEwan University’s new post-diploma Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing.