The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Act gives the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba (CRPNM) the legislated responsibility to approve psychiatric nursing education programs in Manitoba. The program 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 Standards for Psychiatric Nursing Education; and,
2) To improve the quality of the education programs that prepare Registered Psychiatric Nurses through the process of regular program review based upon Psychiatric Nursing Education Standards using external evaluator(s) to make determinations and recommendations for program approval and follow up.
The Psychiatric Nursing Education Approval Committee (PNEAC), a standing committee required by legislation, is responsible to ensure the regular review of the psychiatric nursing education program.