Alternative and Complementary Therapies

The number of RNs and NPs engaging in alternative or complementary therapies, such as aesthetics, through non-traditional employers or self-employed practice, has increased in recent times.  These practices require assessment by the College of Registered Nurses of Saskatchewan (CRNS) to determine if the activity is recognized as registered nursing practice. Being engaged in self-employed practice brings certain opportunities as well as inherent risks, therefore it is important for RNs and NPs interested in and/or practicing in these areas to:

  • Consult with a Nursing Practice Advisor to discuss your practice situation and receive guidance on next steps;
  • Consult with a Regulatory Services Nursing Advisor to discuss the Recognition of Practice process;
  • Refrain from using the RN or NP title until the activity has been recognized as nursing practice by the CRNS;
  • Ensure that the necessary resources, including but not limited to, supplies to manage untoward events, policy/procedure manual, are in place for safe patient care;
  • Ensure that you have the appropriate authority to conduct the activities; and,
  • Refrain from including hours worked in these areas in self-reported RN or NP practice hours until the activity has been recognized as nursing practice by the CRNS.

As the landscape of alternative and complementary therapies grows and changes, the CRNS applies principles of right touch regulation when working with members to reasonably assure accountable professional practice. The CRNS lives this by applying consistent and transparent processes, providing decisions that are proportionate to the risk posed and by showing agility to adapt to change while keeping the focus on public safety.

CRNS Nursing Advisors are available by emailing:

Regulatory Services at or

Practice at

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