Every RN must have a minimum number of practice hours when applying for initial and ongoing registration.
Currency is also granted if you have graduated from an approved nursing program or nursing refresher program within the last five membership years.
Hours engaged nursing practice (administration, research, education and clinical practice) in accordance with Schedule 24 of the Health Professions Act provided registration and a practice permit were held.
Is your position considered nursing practice? The scope of nursing is broad and can include practice roles that do not specifically refer to nursing in the job title or job description (e.g. administration/management, clinical informatics, research, clinical informatics, health promotion/policy etc). Even if your employer does not specify registration as a job qualification, you may be practising nursing and require registration. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to review your practice.
Courses must be completed at a post-basic education level (theory or clinical) while holding registration and a practice permit with a regulatory body. Courses must be completed within the practice year to claim hours for that year (transcripts or course confirmation may be required). The following may be considered towards RN or CGN practice hours:
Volunteer hours of RN/CGN/NP practice while serving with an organization (non-government organizations) where nursing skills are required. Documentation must indicate the position requires registration and can only count if the member was registered at the time of the practice.
A job description, a letter from the agency and approval for the setting may be required to count volunteer hours as nursing practice hours (contact email@example.com to request review).
You may include hours spent fulfilling duties to the profession on behalf of CARNA, regulatory bodies or professional nursing organizations. See a list of committees.
You may only count these hours if your self-employed practice has been recognized as nursing practice by CARNA.
You may include hours of RN practice for "call-back" but
not "on-call" hours provided you held registration and a
You may count hours of certified graduate nurse (CGN) practice in Alberta or British Columbia provided you held registration and a practice permit. This includes hours for "call-back" but not "on-call" hours.
You may also include CGN hours spent fulfilling duties to the profession on behalf of CARNA (e.g., a committee), regulatory bodies or professional nursing organizations.
The consultation activities must fall within the definition of
nursing practice and be related to nursing services.
You may count RN hours from another province, territory or country provided you held registration and a practice permit in that jurisdiction (verification may be required).
Nurse practitioner hours such as:
Please note: Hours outside of NP clinical practice can be recorded separately as RN hours in your MyCARNA profile for the practice year.
You may count direct contact hours of teaching, preparation hours in
advance of teaching, and hours spent marking exams or assignments for
a nursing program or continuing nursing education course or
You may count hours practising as an RPN in Alberta, provided you
held a CARNA RN practice permit at the same time as an RPN practice
permit with the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta