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2017

Help to Set the Standard for NP Care

CRNNS is excited to announce that it will soon be launching the Nurse Practitioner Standards of Practice. In early 2018, all nurse practitioners (NPs) in Nova Scotia will be guided by new standards that best reflect today’s practice and our new approach to regulation.

At this time, a draft of the Nurse Practitioner Standards of Practice is ready for public consultation and we are looking for all NPs, stakeholders and others to participate in the process.

Changes to the NP Standards of Practice

Changes to the Nurse Practitioner Standards of Practice were based on best practice, a right-touch approach to regulation and in consultation with others.

The most significant change to the draft Nurse Practitioner Standards of Practice is that there are now only five standards for NPs, which is a transition from the 11 standards previously. With more concise standards, it also helps to keep increase clarity and decrease duplication with the 2017 Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses.

Other noteworthy changes include:

  1. Standard I: Responsibility and Accountability has been broadened to better reflect the NP’s role as an autonomous provider.
  2. Standards and indicators have been re-organized to clearly define the expectations of NPs in the delivery of client care.
  3. Indicators related to controlled substance prescribing have been condensed and integrated into relevant standards related to client care

This draft was created by the CRNNS team and the Nurse Practitioner Advisory Committee, a committee composed of practising NPs from different NP practice streams, research and education who helped guide the development of the new standards. Together, we consulted with provincial and national partners as well as all NPs in Nova Scotia who had the opportunity to provide input at the beginning of the development process.

To Provide Feedback

Now in our final phase of consultation, this is your opportunity to help influence the direction of new standards for all NPs in Nova Scotia and contribute in this conversation with CRNNS and the Nurse Practitioner Advisory Committee.

To participate, click on this link to complete our online feedback form. Participation is anonymous and you have until October 15.

If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Miller, CRNNS Policy Consultant, at lmiller@crnns.ca.

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