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2015-2018 Strategic Plan


Optimum health for all Nova Scotians through excellence in registered nursing practice.

Mega End

Because CRNNS exists, there is public trust in the excellence of registered nursing practice from a proactive self-regulated profession at the cost of a justifiable, fiscally responsible membership fee.

Organizational Strategic Goals

In order to achieve the Ends set by the Council, the College established three goals for the organization.

1.    Strengthen relationships with the public, members and other stakeholders.

We will embrace a ‘relational’ approach to our regulatory work that will enable us to build and strengthen relationships with all of our stakeholders while upholding effective regulation that protects the public. We will create greater opportunities for our stakeholders to engage and provide feedback that will inform our regulatory policies. We are commited to proactively addressing issues and providing solutions.

2.    Incorporate ‘right-touch’ regulation.

We will address future regulatory oversight through right-touch regulation, which applies the minimal amount of regulatory force required to achieve a desired result. We will ensure that our regulatory oversight is balanced with the resources necessary to protect the public. We will be aware of our environments, anticipate changes before they occur to predict risks and react in a timely manner to prevent and lessen the risks.

3.    Ensure that all regulatory policies and processes, services and programs are fair, transparent, effective and efficient.

CRNNS in the next three years will implement the CRNNS Regulatory Excellence Framework to begin measuring the efficiencies, effectiveness, transparency, and fairness of its regulatory policies and decisions. Growing expectations of the public, government and stakeholders is requiring a greater accountability of regulators to provide evidence of best practices in regulatory practices.

Critical Success Factors to Achieve the Strategic Plan

We have identified the following factors as essential elements we feel are necessary to accomplish our overall Strategic Plan.

  • Knowledgeable and engaged staff
  • Leading edge technology
  • Sound operational infrastructures and risk management practices
  • Pro-active focus on the changing regulatory and health care environments

Council’s Ends and Priorities

Public receives safe, competent, ethical and compassionate care from registered nurses*.

  • Determine and develop the resources that RNs require to be solution focused in meeting their critical role in patient safety.
  • Determine and develop the resources that new graduates require for successful transition to professional practice.
  • Implement and evaluate a regulatory framework to support NPs in prescribing controlled drugs and substances.

Registered nurses’ scope of practice is optimized within intraprofessional and interprofessional teams.

  • Explore future opportunities and develop a framework for changes to RN scope of practice and/or roles within intraprofessional and interprofessional teams to improve client outcomes through access and coordination across the care continuum.

Registered nurses uphold their individual accountability for their nursing practice and self-regulation of the profession.

  • Implement a continuing competence program which includes the addition of verification of learning plan and mandatory education.
  • Engage registered nurses in the development of relevant and accessible resources to guide and support professional practise.

Registered nurses have pride in their profession, are solution focused and decision makers in the health care system.

  • Explore mechanisms for registered nurses to be decision makers in advancing quality professional practice environments and proactively resolve professional practice issues
  • Develop mechanisms and resources to support RNs as solution focused decision makers within the healthcare system.

*Registered nurses is inclusive of both Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners