Nurses in Nova Scotia can play a significant role in improving access to at-risk clients requiring Naloxone. The College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) are requesting a modification to the scope of practice of RNs and LPNs under the Nova Scotia Regulated Health Professions Network Regulations (s. 4) to authorize RNs and LPNs to:
In Nova Scotia, first responders (e.g. paramedics and law enforcement personnel) have been supplied with Naloxone and educated to administer the medication in suspected overdose situations. Currently, RNs and LPNs require an order from a nurse practitioner or physician to administer and/or provide Naloxone, which can limit timely access for clients who require this medication. RNs and LPNs in other jurisdictions, including British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario are authorized to administer naloxone in an emergency situation or provide take-home Naloxone kits autonomously.
We are seeking your input on this proposed change to the scope of practice. Please access the proposal, which outlines the modification of scope of practice for both RNs and LPNs, here.
Your feedback and comments should be submitted to Bruce Holmes firstname.lastname@example.org by June 12, 2017.
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Given name(s): Nicola Ann
Last name: Aaronson
Former name(s): Smith
CRNNS number: 12345
Type of licence: Nurse Practitioner
Status of Licence: Active Practising
Start Date: November 1 2014
Expiry Date: October 31 2015
Current Conditions and Restrictions: This nurse is not able to...
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Date of initial entry on the register: January 1, 1970
Date of removal from the register:
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Date of re-entry on the register:
NP Practice Category: Family
Collaborative Practice Effective Date: January 31, 2012
Dartmouth General Hospital
330 Main Street