We acknowledge that Manitoba is on the original lands of the Dakota, Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dené, Inuit and Métis Nation. We acknowledge that the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba is located on Treaty One territory. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, and we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past. We dedicate ourselves to moving forward in partnership with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) includes a new approach to regulating who does what in the provision of healthcare services. It does this by identifying certain healthcare activities as Reserved Acts. These are activities that could pose significant risk or possible harm to the public if performed by someone without the necessary education, competence, and skill.

There are 21 reserved acts listed in the RHPA. Reserved acts may be shared with other professions; not all of them apply to psychiatric nursing practice.

These Reserved Acts include acts RPNs currently perform independently, and others they perform only under the delegation of a physician or other regulated health professional who has authority to perform the reserved act, and/or following a protocol established by their employer in their practice setting.

The new Practice of Registered Psychiatric Nursing Regulation sets out 11 Reserved Acts that members of the psychiatric nursing profession are authorized to perform.

The new College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba General Regulation establishes the terms and conditions in which an RPN can independently perform the 11 Reserved Acts under the RHPA.

RPN Scope of Practice

The Scope of Practice document intended to provide guidance to RPNs, employers and the public about RPN scope of practice and reserved acts that will be authorized in the regulations. The purpose of this document is to:

  • Explain the Regulations and those parts of the Regulated Health Professions Act that affect scope of practice for registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs).
  • Set out the standards, limits and conditions related to RPN scope of practice and the performance of the reserved acts.
  • Explain the reserved acts for RPNs.

Review the RPN Scope of Practice in Manitoba

View the companion documents referred to in the Scope of Practice document:

Reserved Acts Requiring Additional Education Practice

Using a Clinical Decision Tool 

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