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About RPNs

Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) are one of Manitoba’s regulated health professions. RPNs are concerned with the health – especially the mental health – of individuals, families, groups and communities.

Since the 1920s, Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) have been an indispensable part of Manitoba’s psychiatric and mental health services delivery system. Over the past 80 years, RPNs have built up a strong record of providing the highest standard of skilled and compassionate care to persons living with mental illnesses or emotional problems.

More than 5,000 RPNs are currently practicing in Canada, and 1,000 in Manitoba – making ours the single largest group of mental health professionals in the province.

Psychiatric Nursing is recognized as a distinct health care profession in Canada and many other countries – a profession that is growing and adapting to meet the changing needs of individuals, families, groups and communities, as well as the health care system.

Find out more about the many ways RPNs contribute to the health of our community by reading profiles of RPNs in Practice.