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The Northwest Territories Registered Nurses Association (NWTRNA) was established in 1975 by the Nursing Profession Act as the regulatory and professional body for registered nurses in the Northwest Territories. In 1999, after Nunavut became a separate territory, the NWTRNA became the regulatory body and professional association for both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Effective January 1, 2004, the Association changed its name to the Registered Nurses Association of Northwest Territories and Nunavut (RNANT/NU).
Registered nurses and nurse practitioners are the only self-regulated health professionals in both the NWT and Nunavut.
The regulatory functions of RNANT/NU are described in the Nursing Profession Acts of each territory. They include the functions to protect the public in relation to Registered Nurses (RNs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) who practice in the NWT and Nunavut, including:
- Member Registration (licensing);
- Professional Conduct Review; and
- Approval of Education Programs.
RNANT/NU also acts as the professional association for RNs and NPs who practice in the NWT and Nunavut, providing support for their professional practice as well as advocacy and promotion.
RNANT/NU is governed by a Board of Directors as mandated in the Nursing Profession Acts. The Board of Directors consists of 12 members; 10 elected registered nurses and two public representatives appointed by the Minister of Health and Social Services in the NWT and the Minister of Health in Nunavut. The day-to-day operations of RNANT/NU are performed by RNANT/NU employees. In addition, RNANT/NU employees work with a number of RNANT/NU committees composed of volunteer RNANT/NU members and public representatives to perform both regulatory and professional advocacy roles.