1. What is the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA)?
The SRNA is the professional self-regulatory body for the province’s RNs and RN(NP)s. The SRNA, established in 1917 by an Act of the provincial legislature, is empowered under The Registered Nurses Act passed by legislators in 1988.
2. Who can become a member of the SRNA?
Any individual who has completed the required education and passed the Canadian Registered Nurses Exam, is eligible to apply for membership in the SRNA in order to practice as a RN. Individuals will be required to successfully complete the Canadian Nurse Practitioners Exam to be eligible for a RN(NP) licence to practise.
3. What is the SRNA mandate?
The SRNA’s mandate is to standards of education and practice for the profession of nursing. As well as registering nurses to ensure competent, caring knowledge-based care for the people of Saskatchewan. The SRNA is responsible ensuring continuing competence, professional conduct, standards of practice, a code of ethics and the approval of education programs.
4. How can I become an RN or an RN(NP)?
There are clearly-defined steps to follow to become an RN or an RN(NP) in the province. The Baccalaureate degree is the minimum education level for entry as an RN. For detailed information, please review the material in the Registration Section of this website.
5. Does the SRNA represent LPNs and RPNs?
As members of integrated health care teams, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) are dedicated nursing professionals with a range of specialized and overlapping competencies and responsibilities. They work together with patients and other health care practitioners to form a partnership in wellness and caring. Each profession has its own regulatory body supported by provincial law.
6. I have a concern about an RN or RN(NP). What can I do?
All concerns are investigated confidentially and in a professional manner. Information on Submitting a Concern [report] is available here.
7. How does the SRNA handle concerns?
All concerns filed with the SRNA follow a formal process for resolution. Some are resolved by encouraging dialogue between the member and the report writer. Others are forwarded for formal investigation and may result in a discipline hearing. Information on the Competence Assurance Process is available here.
8. Who can attend a discipline hearing?
A discipline hearing is a public forum. Therefore, anyone may attend a discipline hearing. Please contact the SRNA for further information.
9. Is the SRNA a union?
The SRNA is a professional, self-regulatory body and is not a union.
10. Can anyone serve on the SRNA Council?
Council, composed of 13 people, operates as a Board of Directors. The Council is comprised of seven members-at-large, the President and the President-Elect, who are elected at the Annual Meeting. There are three public representatives who are appointed by the Province of Saskatchewan while the 13th member of Council is the SRNA's executive director. With the exception of the public representatives, all Council members must be RNs or RN(NP)s.
11. Who may attend the Annual Meeting (AM)?
The SRNA's Annual Meeting is open to the public, but only currently practicing members are entitled to vote.
12. What role does the Government of Saskatchewan play in the operation of the SRNA?
The Government of Saskatchewan creates the legislation that empowers the SRNA to function as a professional self-regulatory body. The Minister of Health provides final approval of any regulatory bylaws established by the SRNA Council and membership. Further, public representatives that sit on the SRNA governing body (Council) are appointed by the provincial government.