You might expect that this has a simple yes or no answer. Nursing practice is not defined by your role, where you practice, or by performing a specific intervention or procedure. Just because an RN or NP is providing health services does not mean they are providing nursing services.
When providing nursing services in Alberta, an RN or NP must be registered and hold an active practice permit with CARNA in order to:
RNs and NPs can work in clinical practice, administration, education, research and consultation services. They may take on various roles such as clinician, professional, communicator, collaborator, coordinator, leader, advocate, educator and scholar.
Nurse practitioner practice includes clinical practice, collaboration, consultation and referral, research and leadership. The difference between advanced nursing practice as an RN with a masters in nursing and NP practice lies in their authority to perform additional restrictive activities on specific populations appropriate to their stream of practice as authorized in the Registered Nurses Profession Regulation.
Use the self-assessment checklist: Am I practising as an RN or NP? If you are still unsure, contact CARNA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 780.451.0043 or toll free at 1.800.252.9392 and ask to speak to an RN Consultant or a Policy and Practice Consultant.
We may ask for further documentation to help determine if your proposed practice is recognized as RN or NP practice.
Use the checklist to help you identify, analyze and mitigate some of the potential risks of self-employment.
If you are eligible for registration, you are required to be registered and hold an active practice permit before practising as an RN or NP.
Health Professions Act (HPA), Section 46(1) states:
A person must apply for registration if the person
Section 28(2) states:
An applicant may provide evidence of competence in the practice of the profession