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CNO partners with members of the public to support safe nursing care for everyone in Ontario. One way we do this is by asking you what you think about information we develop.

When we create new resources about nursing practice, or propose changes to practice standards, guidelines and by-laws, we will post them here. We invite you to read them and send us your comments. See below for details and deadlines for submitting feedback.

We consider all comments we receive when we create new materials that support safe nursing care.

Current consultations

These two consultation are now closed. Thank you for your feedback

We are seeking your feedback about a proposed by-law change that will allow CNO to put information on our public Register, Find a Nurse, about an RN’s authority to prescribe.  

If approved, this will only take effect when RNs eventually become legally authorized to prescribe certain medications after the regulation comes into force.

The proposed by-law change will create a new paragraph number 39 to Article 44.1.06 of By-Law No. 1: General as follows:

Article 44.1.06 In accordance with the authorization provided by paragraph 20 of subsection 23(2) of the Code and subject to Article 44.1.07, the following additional information shall be kept in the register of the College:

  1. If a member holds a certificate of registration as an RN in the general class and is authorized to prescribe a drug designated in the regulations under the Act, a notation of that fact.

Submit your comments by completing this online survey. The deadline to comment is Monday, May 11, 2020. (Consultation is now closed. Thank you for your feedback.)

When will the proposed by-law change take effect?

Council will review your feedback in June 2020 before it makes a final decision about whether to approve the by-law change. If the by-law is approved, the RN prescribing notations on Find a Nurse will not be implemented until the proposed RN prescribing regulations take effect.

Here are more answers to frequently asked questions about RN prescribing.

For more information about RN prescribing in general, read Journey to RN prescribing.

Submit your comments by completing this online survey.

We are seeking your feedback on a proposed new regulation requested by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care that would allow RPNs to perform the following procedures without first obtaining an order:

  • irrigating, probing, debriding and packing a wound
  • venipuncture to establish peripheral intravenous access and maintain patency using a solution of normal saline (0.9 per cent), in circumstances in which the individual requires medical attention and delaying venipuncture is likely to be harmful to the individual
  • assisting with health management activities that require putting an instrument beyond the labia majora and assessment that requires putting an instrument, hand or finger beyond the labia majora
  • assessing an individual or assisting an individual with health management activities that requires putting an instrument or finger beyond an artificial opening into the patient’s body

We are seeking feedback from all nurses on the proposed regulation. You can read the regulation and submit your comments by completing this online survey. The deadline to comment is Monday May 11, 2020. (Consultation is now closed. Thank you for your feedback.)

When will the proposed by-law change take effect?

Council will review your feedback in June 2020 before it makes a final decision about whether to approve the new regulation. If supported by Council, the regulation will be sent to the Ministry for review and approval.

For more information read the announcement in the July, 2019 edition of The Standard

Submit your comments by completing this online survey.

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