Make a difference for patients. Get involved with Council and committees

Are you passionate about patient care? Applications to serve on a statutory committee are now open and Council elections are just around the corner. Wondering what it’s like being on Council or a committee?

Each fall, CNO seeks RPNs, RNs and NPs committed to safe nursing care to serve on committees and Council. We have heard from current members that serving is a significant commitment that is also personally and professionally rewarding.

Ashley Fox, RPN and Council Vice President, enjoys “making a difference in care delivery for patients and their loved ones.” She feels nurses’ competencies contribute to Council’s effectiveness by “allowing Council to make unbiased, unconflicted decisions, because we are acting in public interest and assuring public safety.” We need nurses from all areas of practice who share Ashley’s commitment to safe nursing care and can bring unique valuable insights to the table.

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Membership renewal coming soon

Annual Membership Renewal will open in November. Once it’s open, we will let you know via email, as well as on our social media pages and in The Standard. Remember that you must renew your membership with CNO every year to continue practicing as a nurse in Ontario.

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Is implementing a medical directive the same as prescribing?

No. Implementing a directive and prescribing are different. Prescribing is the act of writing an order for a procedure, treatment, drug or intervention. The person who writes the prescription/order is accountable. There are two kinds of orders: a direct order, and a directive. 

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New RPN entry-to-practice competencies coming in 2020

In Sept. 2020, a set of national entry-to-practice competencies for Canadian Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) will come into effect.

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Police can now request health records in urgent missing persons cases

A police officer can make this request if there are reasonable grounds to believe the missing person’s safety is at risk and their health records will assist in locating them.

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Making our Privacy Policy more transparent

We are committed to protecting the personal information you entrust to us. That’s why we’ve been working to develop a new Privacy Policy that is more up-to-date and transparent about how we protect and share your personal information.


The new policy, which replaces our previous Privacy Code, went into effect on Sept. 16 and features...

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