July 17, 2023
Today, the supervised practice program is launching to support individuals aspiring to become registered nurses (RNs) in Alberta. Individuals who meet all the registration requirements except for currency of practice (practice hours) can participate.
Participants in the program will receive an RN permit restricted to being under supervision for 150 hours. Once they complete the program and receive successful preceptor sign-off, the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) will remove the restriction, and the nurse can work anywhere in Alberta.
By offering this program as an option, the CRNA is making it easier and more affordable for applicants to gain currency of practice when this is the only barrier remaining in their application. Many are licensed practical nurses or health care aides already working in Alberta. The program intends to support getting these competent RNs into the workforce quickly.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) is proceeding as an employer partner in the program and will provide preceptors to supervise the participants. The program is open to all application types, including nurses transferring from another jurisdiction or returning to practice. Individuals are eligible if they have practised as an RN within ten years before their application date.
Applicants can find more information on College Connect, the CRNA's applicant and registrant portal. Once they apply, the CRNA will review the application and reach out to confirm if the applicant is interested in the program.