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New Code of Ethics to Guide Your Practice

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New Code of Ethics to Guide Your Practice

Today marks the first day of the official launch of the 2017 Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses in Nova Scotia. Effective today, all registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) in Nova Scotia will be held accountable to provide care to clients based on the revised ethical principles set by the Canadian Nurses Association and endorsed by CRNNS and our Council.

“Over the last several years, there have been changes within healthcare, law and nursing practice that are now reflected in the 2017 Code of Ethics,” shares CRNNS Practice Consultant Jennifer Best. “As a result, this should be a helpful resource for nurses as they navigate their way through these new changes.”

What Has Changed?

Since all RNs and NPs in Nova Scotia are now accountable to practise according to this new document, it is important that you understand what has changed in order to adapt your practice and continue providing safe nursing care to clients. The 2017 Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses has been updated to include and/or expand on the following:

  • Equity
  • Job Action
  • Workplace Bullying
  • New Ethical Models
  • Primary Health Care
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Click here to explore the 2017 Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses.

How Do I Learn More?

If you or your team would like to learn more, you have the option to watch our online recorded presentation or join us for an upcoming interactive webinar. The content is the same in both formats so we suggest choosing the learning option that works best for you.

Our education will offer you the chance to explore:

  1. Purpose of the 2017 Code of Ethics
  2. Nurse’s accountabilities related to the 2017 Code of Ethics
  3. Changes between the 2008 and 2017 Code of Ethics

Watch the Recorded Presentation: our presentation is available anytime, making it easy and accessible for everyone. Click here to access the presentation.

Register for a Webinar: our webinars are an opportunity for you to interact with CRNNS and others through a collaborative online forum, which may be helpful given the complexity of our discussion about nursing ethics. Click below to register.

Date Time Registration
November 7 2-3 p.m. Register Here
November 29 2-3 p.m. Register Here


More Questions?

If you have any additional questions or would like to speak to a Practice Consultant one-on-one, please reach out to us at We would be more than happy to help guide any ethical nursing dilemma you may be facing.

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