Limits for beginner nurses in Practice Policy: Temporary Registration


As new nurses start practicing in Alberta, public protection is enhanced through supervision requirements and other practice limits while allowing temporary registrants to grow in knowledge and skills.

The Practice Policy: Temporary Registration describes these restrictions for new Alberta graduates and internationally educated nurses who have not yet passed the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE).

This policy from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) replaces Practice Statement #2: Temporary Registration and includes the following updates about supervision:

  • Removes supervision level requirement based on practice setting
  • Clarifies that the performance of basic restricted activities requires at minimum indirect supervision
  • Clarifies that temporary registrants are not authorized to perform specialized restricted activities.

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The policy also describes key differences between a temporary practice permit and an active practice permit.

RELATED – New Graduates

LPNs with Temporary Registration are held to the same professional standards as all other regulated members of the CLPNA. As such, temporary registrants should be aware of the practice parameters in this policy and the expiry date on their temporary practice permit. LPNs, employers, and the public can access this information on the Public Registry of LPNs.

Questions? Contact the CLPNA’s Practice Department at Ask, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).