The CRPNM has been actively engaged in the work required to transition the Registered Psychiatric Nursing profession to regulation under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). While this work began in 2015, the focus and work required to bring the RPN profession under the RHPA has increased substantially in 2018.
In the fall of 2018, after extensive review and consultations, the CRPNM submitted our formal reserved acts requests and our change in scope of practice proposals to Manitoba Health Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL). The submission outlines our active consultation with Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs), and their employers, on the reserved acts that Manitoba RPNs are safely and competently performing today. The department subsequently initiated an internal review of our submission and have engaged in their own validation of the CRPNM’s reserved act requests with external stakeholders.
In January 2019, the Workforce, Policy and Accountability Division of MHSAL assumed a formal role in the continuing consultation processes to plan around any administrative and operational issues and opportunities at the health systems level.
Although there is other work required to transition the registered psychiatric nurse profession to regulation under the Regulated Health Professions Act, the formal request for the reserved acts that would be included in the CRPNM’s General Regulation is the most significant.
The CRPNM’s Reserved Acts & Submission is subject to final review and approval by MHSAL.