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Introducing the New 2018 NP Standards

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Introducing the New 2018 NP Standards

The College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) is excited to introduce the 2018 Nurse Practitioner Standards of Practice to the public and nursing profession. Starting today, all nurse practitioners (NPs) is Nova Scotia will be held to a new set of standards to guide their practice and the delivery of safe care to clients.

“The introduction of new standards into the nursing profession is a milestone moment because it marks a time in history when the status quo is adapted to reflect and include new evidence, new changes in practice and new expectations from the public” shares Sue Smith, CRNNS Chief Executive Officer and Registrar. “As a result, the 2018 NP Standards of Practice has evolved considerably from the previous version that many are familiar with today.”

Overall, members of the profession and public can expect the 2018 Nurse Practitioner Standards of Practice to be a shorter and more concise outline of the updated legal and professional expectations required of NPs. This includes fewer standards and indicators than in the past and most notably, an additional emphasis on the autonomous role of the NP provider.

These changes were based on extensive stakeholder feedback, a relational approach to regulation and the public’s confidence in the knowledge, skills and abilities of NPs in Nova Scotia.

To learn more about the new accountabilities of NPs, join us for a one-hour webinar on February 8 or visit us online to watch our 15 minute online presentation. Both learning options have been designed with NPs in mind and include an interactive approach to understanding and applying the standards in practice.

Click here to access the 2018 Nurse Practitioner Standards of Practice online version. To celebrate this milestone and to support nursing practice, all NPs will also receive a print copy in the mail along with other items to display in their workplace.

If you have any questions, reach out to Lynn Miller, CRNNS Policy Consultant, at lmiller@crnns.ca.

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