Registered Psychiatric Nurses, Partnering with People
Below are a list of frequently asked question about initial registration. If the answer to your question is not listed here, try searching the website or contact us.
The Act and Bylaws of the RPNAS require that you produce satisfactory evidence of the following that:
A person has been issued a license to practise psychiatric nursing, in accordance with the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Act, 1993. The title of “psychiatric nurse”, “registered psychiatric nurse”, and “graduate psychiatric nurse” and the abbreviations PN, RPN and GPN are protected titles. Anyone using the in Saskatchewan who is not licensed with the RPNAS is subject to legal action.
To protect the public from harm by the promotion of safe psychiatric nursing practise within the Act and Bylaws of the RPNAS.
To protect the member through mandatory malpractice insurance and investigation of all professional conduct complaints.
Please note: The NEPS program is being phased out.
No. However, you must be eligible for licensure with the RPNAS in order to license initially as a registered psychiatric nurse in Manitoba, Alberta or British Columbia. To be eligible in Saskatchewan,
you must have:
To adhere to the Code of Ethics and to practise competently according to recognized standards.
To maintain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) according to RPNAS requirements.
The four Western provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia) have legislation that regulates psychiatric nursing. Your license in Saskatchewan does not extend beyond the provincial borders, however you if you maintain eligibility with RPNAS you may become licensed as an RPN in the other provinces.
You need to contact the licensing body in that jurisdiction and request the appropriate forms. They will ask you to complete a release of information form, allowing them to contact the RPNAS to validate your credentials (including an approved psychiatric nursing program and the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination).
You have four years from your graduation date to successfully complete the registration examination and license with the RPNAS. If you fail to do so, you will be required to take a re-entry program before you will be eligible to write the registration examination.
Upon successful completion of the registration examination, you are encouraged to seek employment as an RPN and establish initial registration and licensure with the RPNAS.
Upon return to Saskatchewan you may apply for licensure with the RPNAS if you: