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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.
Questions and answers about practice-related issues nurses encounter.
A series of online resources designed to help nurses understand and apply Practice Standards.
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...
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...
Provides information and educational resources designed specifically for Nurse Practitioners practising in Ontario.
Information and resources to assist nurses, employers and facility operators in the event of a declared pandemic.
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.
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.
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...
Information for nurses about the new PLP requirement and how it may affect their 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...
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...
All nurses must renew their membership with CNO for the upcoming year (2023) by current year’s end (by Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022.) AMR is now open. Completing AMR involves: completing the Annual Membership Renewal (AMR) form, which includes questions about your employment status, areas of practice...
Nurses practising in Ontario are required to provide the College with details of any findings of guilt for offences, findings of professional negligence, and/or information regarding disciplinary or incapacity proceedings from other governing bodies.
Request for Verification of Registration form
Current or former members can request a Verification of Registration from CNO for another regulator.
Please note, we are sending Verification of Registration documents electronically only. We will not be providing these documents by mail, fax or courier.
A Request for Verification of Registration form is available below. Please complete the form, sign it, and submit it to CNO. Once we receive your request form, we will email you a specific link to Maintain Your Membership to pay the processing fee within 10 business days. Once we receive your payment, we will start the Verification process. Your request will be processed on a first-in, first-out basis. The maximum processing time for most requests is six weeks.
If you already submitted a request form and paid your fee, there is no need to submit another request.
We are working as quickly as we can to process your request and will notify you if there are any issues.
Thank you for your patience.
Verification of Registration form
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.Download form