Established in 1917 by the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly, the SRNA is governed by the SRNA Council. The SRNA has a dual mandate: it is both a profession-led regulatory body and an association. The SRNA is accountable for ensuring its members are competent in providing the services that society has entrusted to them.
Mission and Values
SRNA Mission: Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners are leaders in contributing to a healthy population.
The SRNA’s ENDs fall into three main categories:
- REGULATION: Accountable, effective, transparent profession-led regulation in the public interest.
- PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Excellence in Professional Practice
- INTEGRAL PARTNERS IN HEALTH: RNs and NPs are integral partners in health.
The SRNA Council oversees the development, approval, monitoring and review of governance policies.
The 13-member SRNA Council consists of nine members elected from the SRNA membership (including seven Members-At-Large from seven regions of the province, the President, and President-Elect), three government appointed public representatives and the association’s Executive Director (a non-elected, non-voting position). In addition to policy governance they propose new SRNA 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 SRNA is governed by the Registered Nurses Act, 1988, as well as bylaws approved by its members and Saskatchewan’s Minister of Health.
The Registered Nurses Act, 1988 stipulates the SRNA’s regulatory mandate including specifics on regulatory requirements for nursing program approval, investigations and discipline, licensure requirements, and more. The SRNA council translates the authority of the Act into bylaws, which must be approved by the membership at the Annual Meeting, and finally by the Minister of Health. These bylaws then appear in the Saskatchewan Gazette and become law.
Position statements provide further detail on an issue or a recommendation for a course of action that reflects the SRNA's stance.
Public & Member Survey Reports
The SRNA hires an independent research firm to conduct surveys of the SRNA membership and the public on alternating years.
The membership survey gauges members’ familiarity with standards, assesses their knowledge, collects demographic information, and asks about members’ experience in their respective practice domains.
The public survey offers a window into public perception of RNs and NPs. Overall, RNs and NPs are viewed as highly respected, knowledgeable professionals that care deeply about their patients.
Information collected in both surveys can inform SRNA policies.
Education Program Approval
The SRNA reviews and, if applicable, approves RN and NP education programs at both graduate and undergraduate levels as one aspect of RN, NP and RN with Additional Authorized Practice [RN(AAP)] licensure requirements.
The SRNA’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, SRNA bylaws, and other documents.
The committee also uses these standards, which are approved by SRNA members and the Minister of Health, to monitor and evaluate the province’s nursing education programs.