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.

Requisite Skills and Abilities for Becoming a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in Alberta

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.

RPNs Regulatory Bodies

There are five regulatory bodies for RPNs in Canada, one in each of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Yukon. Psychiatric nurses working in other provinces maintain registration with one of these provincial regulatory bodies.

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