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Nursing practice information

The scope of practice that nurses provide is shaped by the standards, guidelines, and legislation we are mandated to enforce. These resources will help RNs and NPs in Alberta understand what is expected in their practice regarding safe, competent, ethical nursing care.

Document library

CARNA's standards, guidelines and position statements support RNs and NPs in providing safe, competent ethical nursing care.


Is your practice compliant with legislation? Find out how government acts, laws, and policy shape the nursing care you provide.

Practice consultations

Do you have questions or concerns about your nursing practice? Find out how a policy and practice consultant can help.

Infection prevention and control

The Infection Prevention and Control Team at Alberta Health provides strategic direction and leadership in the development of provincial infection prevention and control policies, strategies and standards.

Medical assistance in dying

View FAQs for nurses regarding medical assistance in dying in Canada.

Responsibilities for distributing Take Home Naloxone Kits and Narcan® Nasal Spray (naloxone)

CARNA and Alberta Health recognize the skill and experience of registered nurses and have been actively collaborating with stakeholders on behalf of Albertans to increase RN access to resources such as take-home Naloxone kits.

Physician assistants

Find questions and answers that provide guidance for working with physician assistants (PAs).

Prescribing CDS for nurse practitioners

CARNA authorizes NPs and GNPs to prescribe controlled drugs and substances (CDS).

RN competency profile

Know what nursing interventions you need to be ready to perform. These resources outline the specific competencies—skills and interventions—expected of registered nurses in Alberta.

Telehealth nursing practice

Telehealth connects patients and health-care providers who provide health services over the phone, computer or any other form of information and communication technologies. Until consistent procedures are in place, please follow these guidelines before providing telehealth.

Aesthetic nursing

Learn about the professional responsibilities and accountabilities related to aesthetic nursing practice in Alberta, the provision of specialized procedures for the purpose of cosmetic treatment.

Harm reduction

With the dramatic increase in opioid-related deaths and growing evidence of the benefits of harm reduction in supporting individuals living with, and families impacted by, substance use, we recognize the need to reaffirm our support for integrating harm reduction into the care RNs and NPs provide.


Nurses play an essential role in providing safe care to people in all care settings. Learn more about your responsibilities related to restraints.


Immunizations protect individuals and communities through the prevention of disease and illness. These resources help standardize the immunization process and assist the registered nurse regarding the administration of vaccines and vaccine programs.

Cannabis for Medical Purposes – FAQs for RNs and NPs

The following frequently asked questions provide guidance for RNs and NPs in administering cannabis for medical purposes in their practice.

Protecting patients from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct

CARNA is committed to protecting patient safety and supports recent amendments to the Health Professions Act to protect patients from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct.

RN prescribing and ordering diagnostic tests

Registered nurses who meet certain requirements can become authorized to prescribe common medications and order diagnostic tests within a specific clinical practice setting.

Collaborative practice in nursing

Clarification on intra-collaborative nursing practice in Alberta and the collaborative practice principles that support nurses to practice collaboratively in any setting.

Social Media and e-Professionalism

The following resource provides information to help nurses better understand the importance of maintaining professionalism when using any electronic form of communication.

Cervical Cancer Screening

Registered Nurses (RNs) play an essential role in cervical cancer screening. Learn more about the requirements for RNs in cervical cancer screening.

Learning opportunities

Advance your nursing practice. Nursing is a dynamic, constantly-changing profession that requires practitioners to keep current with changes in practice, health care, and technology.  These resources will help you gain new knowledge, update your practice, and advance your education and career.

Learning modules

Advance your practice with our interactive online learning modules.

Case studies

Case studies bring our standards, guidelines and policy decisions to life through short, realistic situations.


CARNA's live webinars offer knowledge-sharing and training on a variety of topics. Webinars are recorded for future viewing.

Events and conferences

Find information on upcoming conferences, meetings, education sessions, regional events or our annual awards gala.

Knowledge check

Check how well you understand the role of CARNA, legislation, regulation, and CARNA’s standards and guidelines that guide your practice.

Professional practice huddles

Professional practice huddles guide RNs and NPs in understanding CARNA nursing policy documents and emerging policy and practice topics through a participatory approach.

You Asked Us

Policy and Practice Consultants write You Asked Us articles to answer questions on common regulatory topics, themes, or emerging issues that are identified from the analysis of practice consultations.

Nursing: a call to leadership

Make a pledge

How will you act on your leadership potential or demonstrate leadership in your practice? Make a leadership pledge.

Share your success

Do you, your colleagues or your organization have a story that you would like to share about nursing leadership?


Connect with individuals or organizations to learn or share your knowledge about leadership.


Explore some formal learning opportunities to recognize and act on your leadership potential.

2020: The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

2020 has been named the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by the World Health Organization.

Other resources

Specialty practice groups

Connect with peers who share similar nursing interests. SPGs offer networking opportunities and give their expertise to decision-making at CARNA.

Practice and learning resources outside of CARNA

Looking for other ways to enhance your expertise or practical advice exclusively for nurses? These resources outside of CARNA may be useful.

Perks for nurses

We have partnered with Perkopolis! As an RN, you can save on entertainment, travel, attractions, shopping, health and sports. Login to MyCARNA for more details.