How We Govern
Established in 1917 by the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly, the CRNS is governed by the CRNS Council. The CRNS is accountable for ensuring its members are competent in providing the services that society has entrusted to them.
Mission, Vision and Strategic Priorities
Mission: To protect the public through the regulation of Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Vision: Trusted by the public as a leader in regulatory excellence
Our strategic priorities fall into 4 main categories:
- Strengthen Accountable Professional Practice
- Enhance Regulatory Excellence
- Enhance Public and Partner Engagement
- Strengthen Organizational Excellence
The CRNS Council oversees the development, approval, monitoring and review of governance policies.
The 13-member CRNS Council consists of nine members elected from the CRNS membership (including seven Members-At-Large from seven regions of the province, the President, and President-Elect), three government appointed public representatives and the College’s Executive Director (a non-elected, non-voting position). In addition to policy governance they propose new CRNS bylaws, including RN and NP competencies and standards, to the membership as well as the Minister of Health for approval and implementation.
Act & Bylaws
The CRNS is governed by the Registered Nurses Act, 1988, as well as bylaws approved by Saskatchewan’s Minister of Health.
The Registered Nurses Act, 1988 stipulates the CRNS’s regulatory mandate including specifics on regulatory requirements for nursing program approval, investigations and discipline, licensure requirements, and more. The CRNS council translates the authority of the Act into bylaws, which must be approved by the Minister of Health. These bylaws then appear in the Saskatchewan Gazette and become law.
Public Representation and Participation
The CRNS has a mission to serve in the best interest of the public and is committed to providing all members of the public the opportunity to be involved and hold positions that allow them to have an active voice in CRNS objectives.
Education Program Approval
The CRNS reviews and, if requirements are met, approves RN and NP nursing education programs at both graduate and undergraduate levels as one aspect of RN and NP licensure requirements.
The CRNS’s Nursing Education Program Approval Committee operationalizes standards for program approval to undertake periodic reviews of nursing programs at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Regina, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. These standards are derived from The Registered Nurses Act, 1988, CRNS bylaws, and other documents.
The committee also uses these standards, which are approved by CRNS members and the Minister of Health, to monitor and evaluate the province’s nursing education programs.