ARNPEI is the regulatory body and professional association for all 1700 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Prince Edward Island. Since 1922, ARNPEI has been granted the authority through the Registered Nurses Act, to regulate the profession and to advocate for healthy public policy in the public interest. The specific roles and functions of ARNPEI include:
- to regulate the practice of nursing in the province through education, registration, licensing and maintenance of professional conduct standards
- to establish, monitor and enforce professional standards to enhance the quality of nursing practice
- to protect the public from, and to strive to eliminate practice by, incompetent, impaired, incapable and unethical practitioners of nursing
- to maintain, improve and advance the standards of nursing practice in the province
- to assist members to engage in quality nursing practice
- to work in collaboration with other health professions towards the improvement of health services
- to promote research in nursing
- to promote health
The affairs of ARNPEI are governed by a 13 member Council: 11 elected Registered Nurses (President, President Elect, Vice President & 8 Councillors) plus two appointees including a public representative and a student representative.
ARNPEI is a member of the Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regualtors (CCRNR) as well as the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). The CCRNR exists to promote excellence in professional nursing regulation, and serve as a national forum and voice regarding interprovincial/territorial, national and global regulatory matters for nursing regulation. The CNA is a national federation representing and speaking on behalf of the nursing profession both nationally and internationally. ARNPEI's current President, Cynthia Bryanton is a voting member of the CNA Board of Directors. Through CNA, ARNPEI is represented on the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
ARNPEI employs four full time staff to carry out the day to day operations of the Association.