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Request for Feedback – Proposed Modification of Scope for LPNs and RNs

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12

May

2017

Request for Feedback – Proposed Modification of Scope for LPNs and RNs

Nurses in Nova Scotia can play a significant role in improving access to at-risk clients requiring Naloxone. The College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) are requesting a modification to the scope of practice of RNs and LPNs under the Nova Scotia Regulated Health Professions Network Regulations (s. 4) to authorize RNs and LPNs to:

  1. Administer Naloxone as a life-saving measure under their own authority; and
  2. Provide take-home Naloxone kits under their own authority.

In Nova Scotia, first responders (e.g. paramedics and law enforcement personnel) have been supplied with Naloxone and educated to administer the medication in suspected overdose situations.  Currently, RNs and LPNs require an order from a nurse practitioner or physician to administer and/or provide Naloxone, which can limit timely access for clients who require this medication. RNs and LPNs in other jurisdictions, including British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario are authorized to administer naloxone in an emergency situation or provide take-home Naloxone kits autonomously.

We are seeking your input on this proposed change to the scope of practice. Please access the proposal, which outlines the modification of scope of practice for both RNs and LPNs, here.

Your feedback and comments should be submitted to Bruce Holmes bruce.holmes@nsrhpn.ca by June 12, 2017.

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