Practice and learning

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The scope of practice that nurses provide is shaped by the standards, guidelines, and legislation we are mandated to enforce. These resources will help RNs and NPs in Alberta understand what is expected in their practice regarding safe, competent, ethical nursing care.

Standards, guidelines, and position statements

CARNA develops, reviews and regularly revises standards, guidelines and position statements to support registered nurses and nurse practitioners in providing safe, competent ethical nursing care.

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Know if your practice is compliant with legislation. These resources will help you understand how government acts, laws, and policy shape the nursing care you provide.

Practice consultations

Do you have questions or concerns about your nursing practice? Find out how a policy and practice consultant can help.

Infection prevention and control

The Infection Prevention and Control Team at Alberta Health provides strategic direction and leadership in the development of provincial infection prevention and control policies, strategies and standards.

Medical assistance in dying

On June 17, 2016, medical assistance in dying became legal in certain circumstances in Canada. View FAQs for nurses regarding medical assistance in dying in Canada.

Responsibilities for distributing Take Home Naloxone Kits and Narcan® Nasal Spray (naloxone)

CARNA and Alberta Health recognize the skill and experience of registered nurses and have been actively collaborating with stakeholders on behalf of Albertans to increase RN access to resources such as take-home Naloxone kits.

Physician assistants

Physician assistants (PAs) are unregulated care providers (UCPs) who provide medical services under the supervision of a physician. Find questions and answers that provide guidance for working with PAs.

Prescribing CDS for nurse practitioners

CARNA authorizes NPs and GNPs to prescribe controlled drugs and substances (CDS).

RN competency profile

Know what nursing interventions you need to be ready to perform. These resources outline the specific competencies—skills and interventions—expected of registered nurses in Alberta.

Telehealth nursing practice

Telehealth connects patients and health-care providers who provide health services over the phone, computer or any other form of information and communication technologies. Until consistent procedures are in place, please follow these guidelines before providing telehealth.

Aesthetic nursing

Aesthetic nursing is the provision of specialized procedures for the purpose of cosmetic treatment such as, but not limited to, dermal fillers, volume enhancers, collagen stimulators, lipolysis and neuromodulators. Learn about the professional responsibilities and accountabilities related to aesthetic nursing practice in Alberta.

Harm reduction

With the dramatic increase in opioid-related deaths and growing evidence of the benefits of harm reduction in supporting individuals living with, and families impacted by, substance use, we recognize the need to reaffirm our support for integrating harm reduction into the care RNs and NPs provide.

HIA and privacy breach reporting

As of Aug. 31, 2018, there are new privacy breach reporting requirements that impact Alberta registered nurses and nurse practitioners.


Nurses play an essential role in providing safe care to people in all care settings. Learn more about your responsibilities related to restraints.


Immunizations protect individuals and communities through the prevention of disease and illness. These resources help standardize the immunization process and assist the registered nurse regarding the administration of vaccines and vaccine programs.


The following frequently asked questions provide guidance for RNs and NPs in administering cannabis for medical purposes in their practice.

Advance your nursing practice. Nursing is a dynamic, constantly-changing profession that requires practitioners to keep current with changes in practice, health care, and technology.  These resources will help you gain new knowledge, update your practice, and advance your education and career.

Learning modules

Advance your practice with our interactive online learning modules.

Case studies

Case studies bring our standards, guidelines and policy decisions to life through short, realistic situations.


Participate in professional development—from anywhere. CARNA's live webinars offer knowledge-sharing and training on a variety of topics. Webinars are recorded for future viewing.

Past webinars

Events and conferences

Need information on upcoming conferences, meetings, education sessions, regional events or our annual awards gala? Find what you need on the events calendar.

Knowledge Check

Check how well you understand the role of CARNA, legislation, regulation, and CARNA’s standards and guidelines that guide your practice.

Make a pledge

How will you act on your leadership potential or demonstrate leadership in your practice? Make a leadership pledge and let us know.

Share your success

Storytelling is a powerful tool to influence others and initiate change. Do you, your colleagues or your organization have a story that you would like to share about nursing leadership?


Connecting with individuals or organizations to learn about leadership, access and share information, engage in professional development or simply network is valuable in shaping you as a nursing leader.


In order to recognize and act on your leadership potential, you may wish to engage in both formal and informal learning opportunities. Visit this page often as we continue to add on to existing learning opportunities.

Specialty Practice Groups

Connect with peers who share similar nursing interests. SPGs offer networking opportunities and contribute their expertise to decision-making at CARNA.

Practice and learning resources outside of CARNA

Looking for other ways to enhance your expertise? Or practical advice exclusively for nurses? These resources outside of CARNA may be useful to the development of your nursing practice and career.