One of the mandates of a College is to develop, establish and maintain standards of academic achievement and qualifications required for registration as a member and to monitor compliance with and enforce those standards. The Standards and Indicators for the Approval of Psychiatric Nursing Education Programs in Manitoba (the “Education Standards”) are the benchmarks used by the CRPNM in the education program review and approval process.
The program review and approval process is compulsory as compared to an accreditation process which is voluntary in nature.
The CRPNM has two primary goals with the approval process:
1) To safeguard the public interest by ensuring that education programs that prepare Registered Psychiatric Nurses meet the Education Standards; and,
2) To improve the quality of the education programs that prepare Registered Psychiatric Nurses through the process of regular program review against the Education Standards using external evaluator(s) to make determinations and recommendations for program approval and follow up.
The Psychiatric Nursing Education Approval Committee (PNEAC), is responsible to ensure the regular review of the psychiatric nursing education programs that lead to registration as a graduate or registered psychiatric nurse, or a notation on the certificate of practice.