Graduate nurse permit
Provisional permits have at a minimum the following conditions:
- Indirect remote supervision: an RN or NP provides the supervision and is readily available by phone or on another adjacent unit.
- Applicants who fail the NCLEX once may have the condition of indirect supervision. This means an RN or NP is on the unit or in the same location for guidance and consultation, but is not directly at the side of the GN. In community health settings or in home care, the RN or NP must be physically present in the clinic setting or in the client’s home.
- Pass the NCLEX. Important! Applicants who fail the exam twice will have their provisional registration cancelled until they pass the exam.
- Complete the jurisprudence requirement.
GN permits may also include other conditions related to supervision and employment setting.
How to apply
We email instructions to applicants who:
- graduated from an approved entry-level nursing education program in Canada or are eligible internationally educated nurses
- intend to work as a GN until they pass the NCLEX, or indicated they would like to apply for provisional registration in their new graduate assessment application
All applicants are required to submit a police information check before their permit will be approved.
Frequently asked questions
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.
Graduate nurse permit FAQ
- How can my GN registration status be verified?
- What are my responsibilities as a GN practising in Alberta?
- How long is my permit valid?
- What if I need to renew my permit?
- What happens if I fail the NCLEX-RN exam?
- Can CARNA assist me with finding employment as a GN in Alberta?
- Why are there conditions on my permit?
- How much does the permit cost?
- When can I call myself an RN?
- Do I have professional liability protection as a GN?
- What is the continuing competence program and do I need to participate?
- If I have conditions on my permit can I request a review of the decision?
- What is the difference between provisional practice permits (GN) and RN practice permits?