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Working Together in Alberta's Health Care Ecosystem

Aug. 30, 2023

How the CRNA Works with Employers to Ensure the Nurses Providing Care to Albertans are Registered

The College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) is committed to excellence in nursing regulation for the health of all Albertans. As a part of this, we work closely with employers and other collaborators to ensure that only licensed individuals are practising nursing using the following protected titles:

  • Registered nurse (RN) 
  • Certified graduate nurse (CGN) 
  • Nurse practitioner (NP) 
  • Graduate nurse (GN) 
  • Graduate nurse practitioner (GNP)

The Registrant's Role

Our registrants are required to renew their permits annually. This allows us to verify that they meet the requirements needed to hold a permit, and provide safe and ethical care.

After the end of the renewal period (Sept. 30, 2023), we contact employers with a list of individuals who did not renew their permits so that they may check it against their employee records.

The Employer's Role

Employers have a responsibility to ensure that their employees have an active permit.

Throughout the year, any member of the public can look up an individual's registration and permit status using the Find a Nurse tool on our website. This tool also shows any conditions that may be attached to a permit. Employers have access to an Employer Lookup that emails them directly with the results of their searches.

Additionally, employers have an obligation to report any employees licensed by the CRNA who are not meeting the standards that apply to their practice. All complaints received by the CRNA are reviewed according to our complaints management process.

Through our relationship with Alberta employers, we are ensuring that Albertans can trust the care and services they receive from our registrants.