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Standard of care and nurses’ accountabilities 

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) protects the public by promoting safe nursing practice

CNO understands that the health care system and all health care professionals continue to experience challenging and unsettling times. We understand that for nurses these challenges bring a high degree of uncertainty and stress. You may be concerned about being able to maintain standards of practice, particularly when moving to other practice areas, navigating new team structures, working with different patient populations or managing demanding workloads. We want to assure you that, for each situation, the standard of care is always considered in context.

CNO continues to appreciate and applaud your commitment and dedication. We understand you are considering patient needs, public safety, and doing your very best every day.

As CNO members, all nurses are responsible for practising in accordance with the laws, regulations and standards governing the nursing profession in Ontario. They are also expected to engage in life-long learning, renew their registration annually, and provide CNO with all practice-related information as required by law.

  • RN Prescribing

    Registered Nurses (RNs) in Ontario have the option to expand their scope of practice under the Nursing Act, 1991, to prescribe specific medications and communicate diagnoses for the purpose of prescribing those medications. Who can prescribe? Prescribing is not part of entry-level RN...

  • Practice Support FAQs

    Questions and answers about practice-related issues nurses encounter.

  • Ask Practice

    Questions and answers about practice-related issues nurses encounter.

  • Learning Modules

    A series of online resources designed to help nurses understand and apply Practice Standards. 

  • Medication Decision Tool

    This tool is designed to help you apply the Medication practice standard. The practice standard is principle-based, which means that it uses broad statements. You will need to use critical inquiry and your knowledge, skill and judgment when making decisions about medication practices. This tool is...

  • Infection Prevention and Control

    Ensuring the use of safe, effective and ethical infection prevention and control measures is an important component of nursing care. To do so, nurses are expected to be aware of applicable CNO standards, relevant legislation, best practices and organizational policies related to infection...

  • Nurse Practitioners

    Provides information and educational resources designed specifically for Nurse Practitioners practising in Ontario.

  • Webcasts

    On-demand videos of interest to nurses, nursing educators and other stakeholders who wish to learn more about current regulatory issues and the role the College plays in nursing regulation.

  • Understanding Restraints

    Nurses are accountable for providing, facilitating, advocating and promoting the best possible patient care and to take action when patient safety and well-being are compromised, including when deciding to apply restraints. These are key accountabilities outlined in the  Code of Conduct. There...

  • Code of Conduct Webcast

    This webcast helps nurses understand the accountabilities for each principle in the Code of Conduct. It also describes the conduct and behaviour members of the public can expect of nurses in different situations.

  • Verification of Registration Request

    The purpose of this document is to verify to another regulatory board that you are, or were, registered with CNO. This document cannot be sent to an employer or a school. Members can use Maintain Your Membership (MYM) to submit a request to verify their registration status for another...

  • Update your info

    It’s important for the public and employers to have accurate information about nurses. It increases transparency, promotes trust and allows people to make informed decisions about who is providing their care. That’s why it’s the law that all regulated health professions in Ontario, including...

  • Professional Liability Protection

    Information for nurses about the new PLP requirement and how it may affect their practice.

  • Declaration of Practice

    The College’s Registration Regulation requires all nurses in the General or Extended Classes to make a declaration about their nursing practice within the previous three years. Nurses will make this declaration at the time of membership renewal, or at any other time when requested by the...

  • Mandatory Member Emails

    The following questions and answers provide some background information about the requirement to provide an email address, and how your email will be used by the College.  General Why do I have to provide my email to the College? The College is increasing the...

  • Annual Membership Renewal

    Your fees help CNO respond to the evolving needs of the health care system, while building innovative and sustainable solutions for now and into the future. AMR 2024 is now closed. If you have any questions about AMR, Contact Us. AMR is now open!--> You can complete AMR by: filling out the Annual...

Transcript Request

CNO will not be providing applicants or members with transcript copies at this time. If you require a copy of the transcripts received in your CNO application, please contact your nursing school directly.

Verification of Registration Requests

For more information visit the Verification of Registration Request page.




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