Oct. 28, 2022
To apply for or maintain a permit, the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) will confirm that applicants meet all the requirements to practise that year. This is part of our mandate to protect the public. One of the requirements, currency of practice, demonstrates that an applicant has sufficient experience providing nursing services — whether in clinical settings, administration, education or research.
As part of our goal to transform the application process, the CRNA is expanding how to meet the currency of practice requirement. Applications will focus on recent hours rather than the last five years. Applicants are now required to meet any one of the following six (6) requirements:
This is in addition to the long-standing existing ways:
We are increasing the ability of applicants to move here from somewhere in Canada. These changes will allow more registered nurses to transfer their permits to Alberta and get people to work faster.
This decision also offers flexibility when taking leaves from practice for reasons such as education, taking other kinds of leaves and/or taking parental leave.