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What to expect from a new NP practice standard

The College is revising the Nurse Practitioner practice standard to align its content with changes to national competencies for NPs and make it easier to apply in any practice setting. The practice standard will be shorter than the previous document but it will still include details, such as practice expectations and legal requirements that help NPs provide safe, effective and ethical care to their clients.

In early September, NPs and other stakeholders will receive an email requesting their feedback on a draft of the revised practice standard. The request for feedback will also be posted on www.cno.org for anyone to comment.

What about prescribing controlled substances?
When you receive the draft practice standard, you may wonder why it does not include anything new about scope of practice, such as prescribing controlled substances. This is because...


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Being fair about what we share

Certain information about nurses will no longer appear on the College’s public register, Find a Nurse. The College has changed the processes used to ensure that nurses suffering from physical or mental health conditions are practising nursing safely.

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Progress on registration regulation changes

In June, we asked for your input on proposed changes to the registration regulation. On July 28, after considering feedback from nurses, applicants and other stakeholders, Council approved sending the proposed changes to the Ontario government for its review and approval.

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Is it time for Council to change?

Does the College’s Council need to change to remain an effective leader in serving the public interest? Council has been exploring this question since 2014. The way Council is structured hasn’t changed much in 25 years, but what the public expects of health care regulators has.

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