Psychiatric Nursing Education

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that the people of Saskatchewan should have access to a model of psychiatric nursing education that includes: diploma entry, baccalaureate in psychiatric nursing, advanced practice, re-entry, continuing professional development, masters and doctorate programs.

Baccalaureate programs must support clinical practice, administration, education and research–with a strong focus on psychiatric nursing as a distinct profession. Masters and doctorate programs are necessary to appropriately educate Registered Psychiatric Nurse educators to prepare new graduates to be essential members of primary care teams and to provide specialized mental health services. Registered Psychiatric Nurses are essential partners in a collaborative health care system.

Preceptors play an important role in the education of psychiatric nursing students and have a responsibility for the provision of safe client care during clinical experiences. Preceptors enable students to have practical clinical experience and training in a supervised environment.

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan strongly advocates lifelong learning. Diploma,baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate programs collectively ensure the continued ability of Registered Psychiatric Nurses to enhance the quality of life for the people of Saskatchewan.

Approved by Council
December 2001