April 19, 2022
Registrants must complete annual registration requirements to maintain their permits. This includes reporting their practice hours, updating their employer information, reviewing conditions, and meeting continuing competence requirements. This year, there is a new requirement that registrants will complete: the Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct course.
Government legislation that aims to prevent and address sexual abuse and misconduct towards patients by registrants initiated the development of this course. The course has four pieces available to registrants in their nurse login profiles. This learning includes:
It is a nurse’s responsibility to maintain professional boundaries with their patients. If a patient has experienced sexual abuse or misconduct by a nurse, they should file a complaint with the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA). A finding through the complaint process mandates the nurse’s permit to be suspended or cancelled. The CRNA has a zero-tolerance stance, resulting in this required course for registrants.