Registered Nurse Consultant

The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) is the professional and regulatory body for more than 38,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners throughout Alberta. We’re mandated to define and uphold the standards of safe and ethical nursing practice as legislated under the Health Professions Act. We play an essential role in shaping the framework for professional nurse regulation and excellence in practice for the health of all Albertans. Our core values are integrity, respect, accountability and professionalism.

Registered Nurse Consultant

Contributing to people, culture and innovation, the Registered Nurse (RN) Consultant is a vital role within the Registration team. The RN Consultant position is delegated by the Chief Officer, Registration and Deputy Registrar to carry out the Registrar’s legislated responsibility and is a content expert for implementing registration-related legislation, regulation, policies and processes, from input into policy development to being sole adjudicator for decisions to approve, approve with conditions, defer or refuse eligibility for a practice permit. This position may be required to act in the absence of the Manager, Registration and Committee.

This is an eighteen-month temporary role.

Your Primary Responsibilities

  • Review, analyze, investigate and make decisions on registrant applications
  • Provide advice to employers, regulated members and stakeholders on legislation regulations and standards
  • Review reinstatement requests and action applications as required
  • Investigate and follow-up with applications that do not meet minimum registration requirements to ensure public protection
  • Communicate decisions as per notification requirements under legislation
  • Impose, monitor and remove conditions and restrictions on permits, including provisional registrants and registrants with limits and/or conditions for compliance
  • Identify, develop and prepare files for presentation to the Registration Committee
  • Identify and follow up or further investigate eligibility issues (e.g., competency gaps, fitness to practice, good character, etc.) and assign remediation
  • Assess fitness to practice concerns, review for incapacity and refer to Professional Conduct as required
  • Conduct consultations with employers, disability specialists, insurers, the union and registrants with respect to imposed limits and conditions on a registrant’s practice
  • Conduct registration-related consultations with registrants with respect to unregistered practice, registration processes and expectations of registrants during the registration process
  • Respond to requests for verification of registration of a sensitive nature where the requesting registrant/former registrant has current or previous limits/conditions imposed
  • Assess, investigate, develop and monitor consensual resolution agreements for applicants who require support related to an eligibility concern not related to incapacity (e.g., Fitness to Practice)
  • Ensure application processes for file review are evidence informed, reflective of emerging trends in administrative law and are aligned with Right-touch regulatory principles
  • Consult with the Manager, Registration and Committee on complex or unprecedented files that may impact CARNA and/or the nursing profession
  • Understand, analyze, interpret and maintain a thorough knowledge and understanding of relevant current legislation, regulation, bylaw, standards, policies and processes
  • Continually monitor limits and conditions for effectiveness, enforceability, understandability and applicability in various practice settings and report developing trends to improve quality services
  • Assess and analyze risk associated with conditions and limits on practice and make appropriate recommendations

You Possess

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing required; Master’s degree in nursing preferred
  • Additional education in nursing field required (e.g., certificate in leadership, certificate in occupational health nursing)
  • Registered in good standing with CARNA (or qualify for same)
  • Minimum ten years’ recent experience required in nursing, including experience in a clinical practice setting
  • Minimum five years’ experience required in mental health, addictions, regulation, occupational health and/or case management
  • Solid understanding of the Health Professions Act, nursing regulations and other applicable legislation
  • Experience in a management role with demonstrated management and leadership skills, including the development of programs, policies and procedures
  • Ability to work independently and manage a complex workload with competing priorities
  • Strong interpersonal, conflict management and mediation/resolution skills required to manage challenging situations
  • Demonstrated negotiation, prioritizing and organizational skills with the ability to orchestrate change management through influence
  • Experience in working with individuals to manage cognitive, physical, psychosocial or emotional conditions and individuals who are dependent on substances is preferred
  • Experience in conducting investigations is an asset
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office 365 and database applications
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to build and maintain professional relationships and work well as part of a team

We offer an excellent compensation package, regularly celebrate accomplishments and milestones and host team events. If this position interests you, we invite you to submit a resume via email quoting file REG-1400 to carnacareers@nurses.ab.ca by January 18, 2021. Thank you for your interest.


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