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How Standards are Created

The Health Professions Act (R.S.A. 2000, c. H-7) requires that standards of practice and a code of ethics be developed, enforced and maintained by a profession.

As the regulatory body for registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), certified graduate nurses (CGNs), graduate nurses (GNs) and graduate nurse practitioners (GNPs) in Alberta, the CRNA provides standards that set out the expectations the College has of its registrants.

Before standards of practice are developed, a robust assessment is completed. A right-touch approach is used to determine whether a standard of practice is the most appropriate way to provide direction and guidance to an RN or NP in their practice.

The CRNA standards are developed and revised using best practices and a safety lens to protect and serve the public interest. Right-touch thinking means assessing the level of risk to the public and identifying an appropriate way to counter that risk. That includes asking if something needs to be regulated in the first place.

Standards are developed and revised based on consultation with:

  • Albertans
  • The Alberta Minister of Health
  • Other regulatory colleges
  • Employers
  • Key stakeholders
  • RNs and NPs

Before any new or revised standards of practice take effect, they are approved by our Council.