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.

Almost 6,000 RPNs are currently practicing in Canada, and 1,050 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.

  • What RPNs Do
  • Psychiatric Nursing Education
  • Entry Level Competencies
  • Scope of Practice
  • Standards and Code of Ethics

Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) work with clients whose primary care needs are related to mental health, addictions, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. 


The Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing (BScPN) program, provided by the Brandon University, is the approved entry level psychiatric nursing education program in Manitoba.


Psychiatric nursing education programs prepare entry-level Registered Psychiatric Nurses to practise safely, competently and ethically in a variety of practice settings, in situations of health and illness, and with diverse populations of individuals, families, groups and communities.


Scope of practice refers to the range of activities that members of our profession are educated in and legally authorized to provide.


The CRPNM regulates the psychiatric nursing profession by setting standards for practice and adopting a code of ethics to govern the conduct of members.


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