Quality Practice - A resource for nurses and nurse leaders
  December 2019 | Volume 18, issue 6
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Annual Membership Renewal open until Dec. 31

Annual Membership Renewal for 2020 is open. The deadline for nurses to renew their membership is Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Nurses must renew their membership with the College each year to continue practising as a nurse in Ontario.

The process is quick, easy and secure. Nurses can log on to Maintain My Membership with their email and password, and follow the prompts. It should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

If your employees have questions about renewal, they should read our FAQs about renewal. If they need assistance, they can contact us Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m by calling 1 866 573-5405 (in North America) and 416 849-6135 (outside of North America). They can also email us.


Deadline to pay without late fees

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. After this date, nurses will have to pay an additional late fee of $113 ($100 plus HST)

Notice of intent to suspend letter mailed to members with incomplete renewals

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

Membership suspended for those who have not completed renewal

Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020

Membership expires for members who have not completed renewal

Friday March 20, 2020

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Hospital administrators must now report serious adverse drug reactions and medical device incidents to Health Canada

New regulations requiring hospitals to report serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and medical device incidents (MDIs) to Health Canada came into effect on Dec. 16, 2019.

These requirements are part of the Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa’s Law), a new law amending the Food and Drugs Act. To support these new regulations, Health Canada has launched a website for report submission, information and inquiries, as well as a Guidance document to ensure clarity and ease of reporting.

Nurses’ reports are key for preventing patient harm

Although hospital administrators will have to submit the report to Health Canada, all nurses in all practice settings play a crucial role in identifying serious ADRs and MDIs.

Remind your employees that they have a duty to report any error, behaviour, conduct or system issue affecting patient safety. This accountability is found in section 6.5 of the Code of Conduct.

Medications and devices prescribed to patients can cause unforeseen and serious complications. When nurses report ADRs and MDIs, it contributes to patient safety in multiple ways. The reports help other health care professionals to identify serious health risks and take quick action, including making new safety information available or recalling a product.

For more information about mandatory reporting of serious adverse drug reactions and medical device incidents, email hc.canada.vigilance.sc@canada.ca.

December is the perfect time for nurses to reflect

After two years of work, we’re ready to begin rolling out our new Quality Assurance (QA) Program starting with the launch of a new Practice Reflection Worksheet and Action Plan (previously known as the Learning Plan) in 2020.

Both tools will be available on myQA and the QA Resources section of our website. Look for information on the launch date in The Standard, and on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram pages.

The Practice Reflection Worksheet and the Action Plan are tools that can help nurses with their Self-Assessment. They could also be helpful for any annual reflection nurses must do as part of a workplace annual review or continuous learning program.

While the new tools won’t be launched until the new year — December is the perfect time for nurses to reflect on the year they had and start thinking about goals for 2020. Direct your employees to our article in the December issue of The Standard for more information about beginning their reflection, and why it’s an essential component of nursing practice.

We will continue to phase in components of the new QA Program gradually over the next few years as they are developed. Visit our Quality Care webpage to learn more about this program and what we’re doing to support nurses with their continued learning.

Remind employees to update the public Register whenever their employment info changes

Nurses have an accountability to update their employment information on the public Register whenever there is a change in their employment info. Please remind your employees, especially recent hires, of this accountability.

Nurses should log on to Maintain Your Membership and update their employment info within 30 days of the change. We require this so that the public Register, Find a Nurse, is always up to date. 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.

If any of the below information changes, nurses should update Maintain Your Membership.
  • Job or business address. The address and contact info of their current employer or employers. This includes any volunteer or unpaid positions in which a nurse is providing nursing care.
  • Contact info. So that we can reach nurses with important information, they should make sure their home address, telephone number and email are current. This information will not appear on Find a Nurse.
  • Other registrations and licences. Nurses must report any other professional licences or registrations in any province, territory or country. This includes additional nursing licences from other provinces or territories or outside of Canada, as well as non-nursing licences and registrations.

For NPs

  • Hospital or health facility privileges. NPs should make sure we have a current and complete list of each hospital or health facility where they hold privileges. They must also let us know if their privileges are revoked, suspended or restricted.

If nurses do not update this info within 30 days of a change, they might be fined $100. They can check their info to make sure it’s current and update their information quickly and easily at any time on Maintain Your Membership.

The Standard has a new publication date

As of November 2019, your copy of The Standard will arrive in your inbox during the first week of a new month rather than the last week. It’s not a big change, but we wanted you to know.

In between issues, you can stay up to date about important announcements by following us on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram pages.