On August 19, 2020, the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) Council voted to separate its dual mandates. The College’s single mandate will focus on setting regulatory standards for registered nurses.
Council’s decision pre-empted the Government of Alberta's Bill 46 announcement on December 9, 2020, that was passed by the Legislative Assembly with exceptions.
Council also approved:
While serving a dual mandate, the CRNA consistently focused on the principles of Right-touch regulation to inform our regulatory decisions and actions. Right-touch regulation is a proven methodology developed by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care in the UK and is founded on six main principles. These principles are stated as:
As the CRNA accountability shifts wholly to being a regulatory body, we continue to use Right-touch regulation and our commitment to these principles remains unchanged.
The CRNA acknowledges the importance of transparency as we evolve to being an independent college and an independent association. We are committed to sharing information, providing answers, and facilitating feedback with our registrants, the public and our stakeholders.
Council, administration and registrants will work together in a collaborative and respectful manner to achieve the ultimate goals of:
We are conducting a review of all our processes and expect that our full transition will take approximately two years to complete which brings us to the end of 2022. We will provide updates on a regular basis.