What is an RN?

Registered nurses (RNs) are highly educated, self-regulated health professionals. They are accountable to the Standards of Practice and values outlined in the Code of Ethics.

Only someone registered with the College can use the title registered nurse or the abbreviation RN. This is a professional designation that shows the person has completed an approved nursing education program, passed an approved exam and met all requirements for registration. 

RNs work autonomously and collaboratively a variety of practice roles. They are administrators, caregivers, counselors, patient care advocates, researchers, teachers, policy makers and more. RNs can be found working with people of all ages who have a variety of physiological, emotional and mental health needs. RNs practice with a patient/client-centered approach meaning that they work together with the patient/client to achieve a realistic plan of care.

Registers

There are five registers in Manitoba. 

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  1. Practicing Registered Nurses
    Designation: registered nurse or RN

    RNs on the register of practicing registered nurses:
    • may engage in registered nursing practice in the provision of direct patient care, education of nursing students, leadership within health care and research
    • hold professional liability protection through the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS)
    • may run for a position on the College’s Board of Directors
    • may serve as an appointed member on any College committees
    • may attend, participate, and vote at College meetings in accordance with College bylaws
  2. Extended Practice
    Designation: registered nurse (extended practice) or RN(EP) / registered nurse (nurse practitioner) or RN(NP)

    RN(NP)s have completed advanced education (or have substantially equivalent education and experience) and have passed an approved exam demonstrating extended practice competencies. In addition to the scope of practice for an RN, an RN(NP) can independently prescribe drugs, order and manage the results of screening and diagnostic tests, and perform minor surgical and invasive procedures. The Extended Practice Regulation outlines the specific services in greater detail. 
    RN(NP)s:
    • engage in extended nursing practice
    • hold professional liability protection through the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS)
    • may run for a position on the College’s Board of Directors
    • may serve as an appointed member on any College committees
    • may attend, participate, and vote at College meetings in accordance with College bylaws
  3. Graduate Nurse Practitioners
    Designation: Registered nurse (graduate nurse practitioner) or RN(GNP)

    RN(GNP)s have completed advanced education (or have substantially equivalent education and experience) and are waiting to write an approved exam demonstrating extended practice competencies, or have written an approved exam and are awaiting results.

    RN(GNP)s can work as nurse practitioners with some conditions on their practice. Allowing RN(GNP)s to practise while waiting for their exam results and with some conditions on their practice will help them consolidate their learning by applying it right away. This also contributes to a better understanding of the RN(NP) role by all health care team members. RN(GNP) registration is valid for four months and may be renewed for one additional four month period. 

    ​RNs on the graduate nurse practitioner register:
    • engage in graduate nurse practitioner practice
    • hold professional liability protection through the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS)
    • may run for a position on the College’s Board of Directors
    • may serve as an appointed member on any College committees
    • may attend, participate, and vote at College meetings in accordance with College bylaws
    • may not independently prescribe, order or receive results of diagnostic tests or perform minor surgical or invasive procedures
  4. Non-Practicing Register (will not exist in 2019)
    Individuals who are not actively practicing and who do not plan to practise as an RN may register as non-practicing.

    People who indicate they are non-practicing:
    • are not authorized to practise as a registered nurse or use the title RN
    • may attend, participate, and vote at College meetings in accordance with College bylaws
    • may serve as a member on certain College committees
    • are not eligible for election to the College’s Board of Directors
    • may not claim practice hours in Manitoba
    • do not hold professional liability protection
  5. Graduate Nurses
    Designation: GN

    The graduate nurse register is an interim step for those who meet all of the requirements for registration as an RN except for passing the registration exam. In order to apply for registration as a GN, an individual must have been approved to write the exam or have written the exam and be awaiting results.

    ​Graduate nurses:
    • engage in nursing practice
    • hold professional liability protection through the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS)
    • may serve as an appointed member on any College committees
    • may attend and participate in College meetings but cannot vote
    • are not eligible for election to the College’s Board of Directors