About Us

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 (NT). In 1999, NWTRNA became the regulatory body and professional association for both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (NU). Effective January 1, 2004, with new legislation the Northwest Territories Registered Nurses 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 NT and NU. The regulatory functions of RNANT/NU per the Nursing Profession Acts (NPA) serve to protect the public and include:

  • Member Registration;
  • Professional Conduct Review; and
  • Approval of Education Programs.

As a professional association, RNANT/NU strives to enhance the role of registered nurses and nurse practitioners through professional advocacy and promotion.

RNANT/NU is governed by a Board of Directors as mandated in the Nursing Professions 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 NT and the Minister of Health in NU. 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.

Our Mandate pertains to the development, implementation and dissemination of policies aimed at safeguarding the welfare of the public while simultaneously advocating for the interests of nurses through strategic member engagement, effective leadership, and pertinence to the prevailing industry trends. This mandate seeks to establish a robust framework for protecting the public by ensuring that policies are in place and enforced to mitigate any risks or threats to their well-being. Furthermore, it aims to foster a culture of inclusivity and support for nurses by providing them with the necessary advocacy and leadership to succeed in their roles. Overall, this mandate seeks to promote a sustainable and thriving nursing profession that upholds the highest standards of quality, safety and professionalism.

Our Mission is safeguarding the welfare of the public through the promotion and maintenance of high nursing standards, as well as advocating for the interests of our members through a range of consultative, educational and community-building activities. This mission seeks to establish a strong foundation for protecting the public by ensuring that nursing standards are consistently upheld, and by fostering a culture of continuous learning and development among our members. Additionally, it aims to provide a platform for consultation and engagement, allowing our members to share their experiences and insights, while also building a supportive community that prioritizes collaboration and inclusivity. Through these efforts, we aspire to create a sustainable and thriving nursing profession that delivers the highest quality care and upholds the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

Our vision aspires to establish a culture of excellence in the nursing profession across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. This vision seeks to elevate the standards of nursing practice by promoting a mindset of continuous learning and improvement, while also fostering a sense of pride and dedication among nursing professionals. Through this vision, we aim to establish the Northwest Territories and Nunavut as a beacon of excellence in nursing, renowned for the quality of care, professionalism and innovation of our nurses. We strive to achieve this by providing our nurses with access to the latest resources and training, and by empowering them to take ownership of their professional development. Additionally, we aim to work collaboratively with our partners and stakeholders to identify and address any challenges or barriers that may impede the delivery of high-quality nursing care. Ultimately, this vision seeks to create a sustainable and thriving nursing profession that is well-equipped to meet the evolving.

The College and Association of Nurses of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut operates in adherence to a set of guiding principles that underpin our actions and decision-making processes. These principles comprise of integrity, accountability, collaboration, inclusion, and transparency.

  • Integrity is a core value that we hold in high esteem, and it is reflected in our commitment to upholding ethical standards and promoting honesty, fairness, and respect in all our endeavors. We believe that by operating with integrity, we can build trust and credibility with our members, stakeholders, and the public at large.

  • Accountability is another crucial principle that guides our operations. We recognize that as an organization, we are accountable to our members and the public, and we strive to ensure that our actions and decisions are always in alignment with our values and objectives. We are committed to maintaining transparency in our operations and decision-making processes, and we are always open to feedback and constructive criticism.

  • Collaboration is an essential element of our organizational culture, and we place a strong emphasis on teamwork, cooperation, and partnership. We recognize that by working collaboratively with our members, stakeholders, and other organizations, we can achieve more significant impact and better outcomes.

  • Inclusion is a fundamental principle that guides our actions, and we are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusivity in all our endeavors. We strive to ensure that our organization is welcoming and supportive of all members, regardless of their background, culture, or identity.

  • Transparency is a final principle that we uphold, and we are committed to maintaining open and transparent communication with our members, stakeholders, and the public. We recognize that transparency is essential for building trust and credibility, and we aim to ensure that all our activities are conducted with transparency and accountability.

Welcome Amelia Manuel, our new Director of Professional Conduct Review

We are thrilled to introduce you to the newest addition to our team, Amelia Manuel, who will be leading the way as our Director of Professional Conduct Review. With her exceptional expertise and unwavering commitment to upholding the highest standards of nursing practice, Amelia is set to play a pivotal role in ensuring the continued excellence of our nursing community.

Amelia brings with her a wealth of experience in the field of healthcare and a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities that nurses in our region face. Her dedication to fostering a culture of integrity, accountability, and ethical nursing practice aligns seamlessly with our organization’s mission and values.

As the Director of Professional Conduct Review, Amelia will be working diligently to uphold the integrity of our profession by overseeing and managing all aspects of professional conduct inquiries and reviews. Her approachable demeanor, coupled with her strong sense of fairness, will ensure that every nurse’s voice is heard and that each case is handled with the utmost diligence and respect.

Amelia’s passion for continuous learning and her proactive approach to addressing emerging issues in nursing make her an invaluable asset to our team. She is not only dedicated to maintaining the trust and confidence of the public in the nursing profession but also to supporting and empowering each and every registered nurse under our jurisdiction.

Please join us in warmly welcoming Amelia Manuel to our organization. We are excited about the positive impact her leadership will undoubtedly have on our community and look forward to the strides we will make together in elevating the standards of nursing care in Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

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