CARNA is preparing to transition from the current temporary registration to a new form of provisional registration. Learn more about the upcoming changes.
While waiting to complete eligibility requirements, you may submit an application for a temporary practice permit (TP) so you may practise as a graduate nurse (GN).
We will email instructions for how to apply to applicants who:
We will review your application and confirm whether it is approved. Temporary permits have a start and expiry date, and can be used for no more than 6 months within a given practice year. The expiry date of a temporary permit cannot be extended past the permit expiry date. All first time permit holders will be required to submit a criminal records check before their permit will be approved.
Temporary permits may be subject to conditions related to supervision and employment setting. A satisfactory employer reference is required should a second or third temporary permit be necessary.
If your question isn't answered below, contact Registration Services by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 780.451.0043 or 1.800.252.9392.
For yourself: Sign in to MyCARNA and open your practice permit. If required, you can print a copy of your permit and receipt.
For employers: Through the employer verification site to which all employers in Alberta have access. This restricted site will provide employers with the effective and expiry dates of your permit, category of registration, registration number, and any conditions or restrictions on your practice.
As a member of a self-regulated profession, you are responsible and accountable to practise nursing in a way that is consistent with provincial legislation (the Health Professions Act and the Registered Nurses Profession Regulation), and CARNA’s Standards of Nursing Practice.
To assist you in becoming familiar with these practice expectations, CARNA publishes a range of documents which are available to download from CARNA’s website, or to order online. Please visit the CARNA document library. We recommend you begin with these:
Should there ever be any question about your practice, these documents would likely be part of the evidence used in determining whether or not your practice was consistent with the expected standards of a professional nurse. We strongly recommend that you read the documents thoroughly and incorporate these standards and guidelines into your nursing practice.
The following informational brochures are also available online and provide helpful information about the issues which most often affect the professional conduct of CARNA members:
If you have any questions regarding these documents, or need advice regarding a nursing practice issue, CARNA’s Policy and Practice Consultants are available to assist you at email@example.com.
When you are issued a temporary practice permit, conditions may be placed on your practice. Examples of conditions include:
Conditions are placed for a variety of reasons, such as not yet meeting the registration exam requirement, not yet submitting a satisfactory practice reference from their employer, limited or no reported nursing practice since program completion. These are in place to ensure that safe, ethical care is provided to the public.
A satisfactory employer reference is required for initial registration and renewal of a temporary permit. Your employer must be aware of the conditions.
Temporary permits are valid for up to six months and may be renewed only twice. Applicants are required to monitor their permit expiry date.
Once you have completed all conditions, we will remove the
conditions from your practice permit and let you know the next
TPs are issued for up to six months. Temporary permits issued after April 1, 2018 will have the condition: “Permit expires Sept. 30, 2018 or upon new regulation proclamation”. Learn more about this condition.
The effective and expiry dates show on your permit. Please note them carefully. You cannot practise as a GN in Alberta either before the effective date or after the expiry date, including orientation.
The current regulations allow for three attempts at the registration exam. If you are holding a TP and fail the exam for the first or second time, additional conditions will be placed on your TP when you apply to renew the permit. Typically, the conditions will include, but are not limited to:
If you fail the exam for the third time, your TP will be cancelled and you will no longer be able to practise as a GN. We will notify you via phone, as well as your manager. You will receive additional information with the results of your exam, including how to submit a request for the CARNA Registration Committee to review a request to attempt the exam for a fourth time.
No, you are responsible for finding GN employment. You must apply to CARNA and be issued a temporary permit before beginning work, including any orientation period.