Council meeting - March 18 & 19, 2021
CEO and Registrar update
Joy Peacock presented her quarterly CEO and Registrar report to Council. Highlights included: the transition to a single mandate process entering the stakeholder engagement phase; and the progress with the development and growth of a new nursing association. | Watch
Council approved the practice permit fees for the upcoming year. | Watch
Permit for COVID-19 vaccine administration
Retired former registrants will soon be able to apply for a practice permit specific to COVID-19 vaccine administration. | Watch
Transition to the single mandate
The College continues its commitment to right touch regulatory and legislative alignment. Council made the following decisions to continue the transition to a single mandate:
- New trade name for the College – College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA); | Watch
- Two new bylaws: non-practicing registrant categories and name on the register; | Watch
- Progress on the new governance model, including final revisions to the new governance policy manual and the bylaws; and | Watch
- New appointment procedure for two of the College's six regulatory committees: The Complaints Review Committee and the Hearing Tribunals. | Watch
Nursing policy documents
Nine nursing policy documents were reviewed, with one document approved for a stakeholder consultation: the draft Nursing Education Program Approval Standards.
The following eight nursing policy documents were approved and are now in effect:
- Advertising Standards (2021)
- This new document outlines the expectations of registrants when advertising nursing health services. These standards apply to registrants who are advertising self-employed practice or involved in advertising the nursing health services they offer.
- Cannabis for Medical Purposes: Standards for Nurse Practitioners (2021)
- This new standards document outlines expectations and accountabilities of nurse practitioners when authorizing cannabis for medical purposes for clients.
- Medication Management Standards (2021)
- The recently amended Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) now allows practitioners who are authorized to prescribe prescription drugs to accept drug samples. Criteria 2.7 in the Medication Management Standards (2020) stated that regulated members cannot accept these samples, which no longer aligned with amended legislation and may have created a barrier to care. Therefore, this wording was removed and the document was revised to provide further guidance.
- Prescribing Standards for Nurse Practitioners (2021)
- Revisions to this document remove barriers for nurse practitioners (NPs) with respect to authorizing cannabis for medical purposes and accepting drug samples. Other revisions to the document provide clear direction and current educational requirements for NPs to prescribe opioid agonist therapy in a safe, competent, and timely manner.
- Requisite Skills and Abilities for Becoming a Registered Nurse in Alberta
- Revisions to this document ensure alignment with CARNA’s updated Entry-Level Competencies for the Practice of Registered Nurses (2019). This document assists individuals considering a career in registered nursing or those counselling someone about a career in nursing, on identifying their fit with becoming an RN in Alberta and/or determining their potential need for accommodation in the nursing education program.
- Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners (2021)
- The recently amended Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) now allows practitioners who are authorized to prescribe prescription drugs to accept drug samples. The Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners (2020) stated that regulated members could not accept these samples, which no longer aligned with amended legislation and may have created a barrier to care. Therefore, this wording was removed and the document provides further guidance.
- Scope of Practice for Registered Nurses (2021)
- The revisions to this document ensure alignment with amendments to the Registered Nurses Profession Regulation as well as CARNA’s Entry-Level Competencies for the Practice of Registered Nurses (2019). This document articulates the scope of practice of registered nurses (RNs) in Alberta and further defines the domains of RN practice, as well as specific roles and responsibilities of RNs.
- Social Media and e-Professionalism: Guidelines for Nurses (CARNA, CLPNA & CRPNA, 2021)
- This document was collaboratively developed by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta, and the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. These guidelines support critical thinking and decision-making in the responsible use of social media, and support nurses in understanding the importance of maintaining professionalism and making informed decisions when considering the use of any electronic form of communication.
The next Council meeting is on June 24 and 25, 2021.