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As a nurse, a large part of understanding the 2017 Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses is by being able to interpret and apply them in your practice. Although the indicators help with this, they are not an all-inclusive list and may be further interpreted based on the contexts of practice and the practice expectations of nurses at varying levels of competence.

To support you in better understanding the standards in practice, we have created a number of case studies and Ask a Practice Consultant resources that demonstrate how the standards can be applied, interpreted and considered in practice. That way, when you encounter a professional practice situation or issue in the future, you will have the knowledge and skills to make an informed decision – and one that is based in your standards of practice.

 

Case Study: Accountability & Responsibility

Edith is an RN who has been working in the Emergency Department for 10 years and has recently decided she would like to move her practice. When a position opens and she’s the successful candidate, her preceptor expects her to take a full assignment. Reflecting on her standards of practice, what does Edith need to consider before accepting this work?


Ask a Practice Consultant: Accountability & Responsibility

Q: I am a registered nurse who is working with a group of new breastfeeding moms and I have found some online videos which I think will be effective in supporting them to be successful. What do I need to consider if I want to use these videos in my practice?


Case Study: Knowledge-Based Practice

Arjun is a new RN graduate and Cheryl is a veteran LPN with 20 years of experience. On Friday morning, Arjun and Cheryl are working collaboratively to provide care to 10 diverse clients. What steps should Arjun and Cheryl take to ensure they are providing safe and effective care using a team-based approach?


Ask a Practice Consultant: Knowledge-Based Practice

Q: I am an RN working in obstetrics. Over the last several years, many of our young families have been leaving NS to seek work. As a result, birth rates have decreased. My manager had a staff meeting this week and told us that because of the demographic changes, we would now be caring for urology clients in unoccupied beds. How can I meet my standards of practice in this situation?


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