The Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA), established in 1917 by provincial legislation, is the professional, self-regulatory body for the province's approximately 9,100 nurses. The Registered Nurses Act (1988) describes the SRNA's mandate in setting standards of education and practice for the profession and registering nurses to ensure competent nursing care for the public.
Membership in the SRNA includes membership in the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
The SRNA is governed by a Council of 13 people: 9 elected registered nurses (President, President-Elect and 7 members-at-large); 3 appointed public representatives; and the Executive Director. The SRNA Council governs in accordance with the Act and is accountable to the public.
The SRNA Council carries out it's responsibilities using the principles of policy governance. This includes articulating a mission, making policy and sustaining a vision. The SRNA Vision is: Registered nurses as partners in an informed, healthy society. The SRNA Mission is: Competent, caring, knowledge-based nursing for the people of Saskatchewan. The SRNA Ends Policies are:
- Vision and Mission
- Competent, ethical practice of nursing
- Professional self-regulation for RNs and RN(NP)s
- Practice environments conducive to safety and quality
- Primary health care
- Leadership and professional presence
The staff of the SRNA carries out the work that will achieve these Ends, following certain ethical guidelines set out by the Council in their Executive Limitations policies.
Our practice advisors are available for consultation on professional practice issues.
This service is designed to enhance and promote safe, ethical and competent practice. You might consult with us about:
- information about the services and the mandate of the Association
- advice and guidance to:
- address identified problems
- identify/clarify issues to determine the problem
- identify how client care could be affected
- document and communicate concerns to appropriate persons
- negotiate resolution and implement changes in practice to meet standards
- support and encouragement
You can discuss your issue over the phone or request a face-to-face meeting with a practice advisor. The advisor will help you clarify your issue or concern and how best to address it, including relevant resources that you could use in resolving your issue. If your issue is not within the mandate of the SRNA, we will refer you to other resources.
Information shared between the practice advisor and the caller may be shared with other SRNA practice advisors to ensure accurate and comprehensive advice. The fact that you have been in touch with the SRNA or the content of the call will not be shared with others outside the practice team. However, SRNA practice advisors have the same responsibility and accountability as all RNs. If a practice advisor were to become aware of professional misconduct or incompetence there would be an obligation to follow up and report.
To contact a Practice Advisor with a question, concern or issue call SRNA 1-800-667-9945 or email
The major principles, beliefs and values which guide the operation of the Nursing Practice Team are:
- The protection of the public is the primary principle and objective for the Practice of Nursing Team.
- Standards and Foundation Competencies for the Practice of Registered Nurses (Effective Year 2007) define and describe the acceptable level of practice required of all nurses in all domains of nursing practice.
- Other SRNA documents further define and describe how the Standards and Foundation Competencies for the Practice of Registered Nurses (Effective Year 2007) are operationalized in all domains of nursing practice.
- A nurse who is not meeting nursing practice standards may jeopardize client care.
- The nurse who is not meeting practice standards should be given the opportunity to seek and receive professional support, advice, information and resources which will assist him or her to do so.
- The provision of support, advice, information and resources assists nurses to meet practice standards, promotes good nursing practice and prevents poor nursing practice.
- Advice, information and resources which are provided to nurses and others who use the service must be appropriate, accurate and complete.
- Problems that nurses experience in meeting standards are frequently impacted and complicated by the context within which nurse work.
- The Nursing Practice Advisors are nurses with extensive experience who have the necessary competence and access to resources to provide support, advice and information, and identify resources that may be required by nurses in order to meet standards.
We are pleased to provide you with information about registration/licensure with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA).
To practise nursing in Saskatchewan, you must be registered and licenced to practise nursing with the SRNA. Only if you have a licence to practise nursing can you call yourself, or be employed as, a "nurse", "registered nurse", "graduate nurse", or "registered nurse (nurse practitioner)".
Applications for Assessment
Canadian RNs or Graduates
Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs)
RN Renewal Registration
The following is an excerpt from The Registered Nurses Act, 1988 which relates to the RN(NP).
24(3) Subject to any conditions or restrictions on the nurse's licence, a registered nurse who meets the requirements set out in the bylaws may, in accordance with the bylaws:
- order, perform, receive and interpret reports of screening and diagnostic tests that are designated in the bylaws;
- prescribe and dispense drugs in accordance with the bylaws;
- perform minor surgical and invasive procedures that are designated in the bylaws;
- diagnose and treat common medical disorders.
Find a copy of the corresponding bylaws related to RN(NP).
A formal hearing is held which is open to the public. At the hearing, the Discipline Committee will hear all evidence from both the nurse and the Investigation Committee about the complaint in an open-minded and impartial manner. The committee must decide if professional misconduct or professional incompetence has occurred.
If professional misconduct and/or professional incompetence have been proven, then a second hearing will be held to determine what penalty will be imposed. The penalty, as set out in The Registered Nurses Act, 1988, could be:
3) conditions and restrictions on the registered nurse (RN) license
4) expulsion from the profession
5) fine and/or payment of costs of the discipline hearing
or any combination of the above
Publication/Access to Information: Outcome of Hearings
The written decisions of the Discipline Committee and reasons for the decisions are available to the public and to SRNA members upon request (witness & client names are removed). Contact Shirley McKay, Director of Regulatory Services at 359-4245 (Regina) or 1-800-667-9945, ext. 245 or e-mail
Summarized versions of discipline decisions and reasons are also published in the Newsbulletin, the official publication of the SRNA.
The registered nurse has the right to appeal the decision of the Discipline Committee within 30 days of the decision being rendered to the SRNA Council. The registered nurse may appeal to either the SRNA Council or Court of Queen’s Bench.
- You gotta be there!
Advancing RN Practice - Where to from here?
Annual Meeting Day: May 5, 2010
Conference Day: May 6, 2010
Call for Abstracts
- Custody and Caring Conference October 1 & 2, 2009
- Council meeting dates:
Please join us as an observer for the next meeting of the SRNA Council. If you wish to observe the proceedings, please contact SRNA at
Any person wanting to make a presentation to Council must contact SRNA Phone 1-800-667-9945, or 359-4200 (Regina) at least 15 days in advance, to be placed on agenda
November 18th & 19th
February 16th, 17th & 18th
June 16th & 17th
August 30th & 31st, September 1st & 2nd
November 3rd & 4th