CARNA is the professional and regulatory body for Alberta’s more than 37,000 RNs, including nurses in direct care, education, research and administration as well as nurse practitioners. Our dual mandate centers on serving the public interest: as a regulator by ensuring ethical, safe, competent care by registered nurses and, as an association, by supporting the pursuit of excellence in RN practice.

What we do

CARNA plays an essential role in shaping the framework for registered nurse practice in Alberta and influencing health policy decisions in the best interest of the public. Find out exactly what this means and what else we do at CARNA.

Our vision, mission, and values

Learn more about our approach to protecting the public by ensuring that Albertans receive effective, safe and ethical care by registered nurses.

Regulatory philosophy

Our approach to regulation is to use the minimum amount necessary to fulfill our mandate of public protection. Learn about how we are applying right-touch regulation to our work.

Latest news

Stay current on changes to regulations, new programs, council resolutions, new RN responsibilities and more.  Find opportunities to get involved and add your voice.

Policy priorities and research

In the interest of public safety, we strive to advance the profession and nursing practice, build public awareness and influence health issues and policy by having an evidence-informed regulatory and RN perspective.  

We regularly seek feedback and input from RNs on health policy issues.  Learn how RNs/NPs are impacting policy and shaping strategies.

What's nursing in Alberta like?

RNs play a pivotal role in leading, preparing and implementing changes that influence the health of individual Albertans and overall health-care delivery. Get a glimpse into what it's like to be a registered nurse in Alberta.

CARNA regions

The province of Alberta is split into six regions according to population. Find out which region you're in, who your representatives are, and what events are happening in your region.

Our partners

CARNA extends its national reach to ensure Alberta registered nurses get a national voice by being a member of the Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators (CCRNR) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). Find out more about these organizations.

Provincial Council

Provincial Council is mandated by the Health Professions Act to develop and oversee implementing policies that direct CARNA in meeting its responsibilities.

Contact a councillor

Attend a Council meeting

Governance Committees

Governance committees are fully accountable to provincial council and help to fulfill council responsibilities specified in legislation. The chief purpose of these committees is to assist in developing policy alternatives and implications for council deliberation.

Appointments Commitee

Finance and Audit Committee

Leadership Review Committee

Nominations Committee

Provincial Executive Committee

Alberta RN magazine

Alberta RN magazine is published quarterly and mailed to more than 37,000 registered nurses in Alberta and to provincial nursing associations, educational institutions, government departments, elected officials, health-care associations and individual subscribers.

Past issues

Advertising rates

Submission guidelines


We keep members in the loop with these regularly scheduled enewsletters.

AB RN Online

Provincial Council Highlights

Annual reports, financial reports and nursing statistics

We are committed to serving the public interests and being accountable, transparent and efficient by publishing financial statements.

Awards and recognition

We recognize the outstanding contributions of our members through our annual Awards of Nursing Excellence and Long-service Awards programs. The annual Vogel Award recognizes the service of Provincial Council members.

The CARNA Awards for Nursing Excellence

All awards


Whether you're looking to expand your knowledge or share that you're a proud RN, we've got something for you.

Order an RN pin

Order an NP pin

CARNA Online Bookstore

Nursing history in Alberta

Registered nurses have always played an important role in the lives of Albertans. The history of registered nurses, their practice and the growth of this province are closely linked, as nurses and nursing practices have continually adapted to meet the changing needs of Albertans. Their story is of innovation, strength, leadership and advocacy.