Oct. 12, 2022
The College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) has made strategic changes to the application processes for internationally educated nurses (IENs) to increase its contribution to Alberta's health-care system. We are also embarking on a new process in 2023 that will streamline IEN applications.
Our priority is registering applicants who meet the updated criteria for safe nursing practice as quickly as possible.
We are acting now.
We are updating our policies with the goal of streamlining requirements:
Action we are working on for 2023:
A new pilot will begin in late winter/early spring of 2023; applicants will only have to submit one application and complete one assessment. We are working with the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) and other provinces to begin this new pilot.
This involves a redesign of how IENs apply and are assessed.
Specifically, it seeks to:
We will also submit and suggest changes to current regulation that will modernize the current process.
"The CRNA is committed to ensuring that the application process for internationally educated nurses is transformed to enhance the health-care system for all Albertans." Joy Peacock, CEO and registrar