What is CARNA?

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

Find out how CARNA shapes the framework for registered nurse practice in Alberta and influences health policy decisions in the public's best interest.

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

CARNA uses the minimum amount of regulation needed to fulfill our mandate. Find out how we apply right-touch regulation to our work.


Stay current on changes to regulations, new programs, council resolutions, new RN responsibilities and more.

Policy priorities and research

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?

Get a glimpse into how registered nurses play a pivotal role in leading, preparing and implementing changes that influence the health of Albertans and overall health-care delivery.

CARNA regions

We split Alberta into six regions according to population. Find out which region you're in.

Our partners

CARNA extends its national reach to ensure Alberta registered nurses get a national voice. Find out which organizations CARNA has joined to do this.

Council and committees

Provincial Council

Provincial Council is mandated to develop and oversee implementing policies that direct CARNA in meeting its responsibilities.

Governance committees

Governance committees assist in developing policy alternatives and implications for CARNA Provincial Council deliberation.

Regulatory committees

Regulatory committees carry out some of CARNA's responsibilities as a self-regulating profession.

Publications and reports

Alberta RN magazine

Alberta RN magazine is mailed quarterly to every registered nurse in Alberta and to subscribers in other associations, institutions, and government.

Annual reports and financial statements

We report on our activities on an annual basis and make our annual reports and financial statements available to all members and stakeholders.

Other resources and services

Awards and recognition

We recognize the outstanding contributions of our members through our awards programs. Find out more about our awards and nomination information.

Online bookstore

Visit the largest health sciences and scientific/technical book wholesaler in Canada.

Nursing history in Alberta

Find out how registered nurses' played an important role in Alberta's history through their innovation, strength, leadership and advocacy.