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About registered psychiatric nurses

Registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) are health care professionals who work both autonomously and in collaboration with clients and other health care team members to coordinate health care and provide client-centred services to individuals, families, groups and communities. RPNs focus on mental and developmental health, mental illness and addictions, while integrating physical health and utilizing bio-psycho-social and spiritual models for a holistic approach to care.

RPNs practise where people live, work and learn. This includes people’s homes and workplaces, educational settings, acute care hospitals, correctional facilities and programs, and long-term care facilities.Reference1 RPNs are currently regulated in the 4 Western provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia) and Yukon.

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