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At times within your life, you may require the professional support of a registered nurse.  Registered nurses work for both private agencies and can also be self-employed. An agency, along with your nurse practitioner or physician, can help you to determine the level of care that is required and what kind of nursing professional will best meet your needs or the needs of a family member.

Registered nurses who are self employed are obligated to follow the same standards of practice, code of ethics, policy and practice guidelines that all other RNs in Nova Scotia must follow. Click here for more information about self-employed RNs.

Student nurses may also be employed in the healthcare field. CRNNS does not regulate their practice and therefore they must follow an employed job description. They cannot use the ‘RN’ designation as only nurses who have fulfilled the CRNNS registration requirements can legally use the credential ‘RN’ in Nova Scotia.

Check the Licence Status of a Nurse

If you are considering hiring an agency or self-employed RN, be sure to verify her or his licence status in addition to checking references. CRNNS cannot assist you in hiring an RN but we can help ensure the professional status of someone you are considering hiring. Click here to check the licence status of a nurse.

Things to Consider When Hiring

Here are a few things to think about when hiring a registered nurse:

  • Be sure she/he is registered and licensed with CRNNS.
  • Identify what you need from the RN and be sure to communicate those needs to her/him.
  • Be sure the RN has an established communication plan to provide updates on the care and condition of the individual in care.
  • Ensure there is a plan in place to ensure continuity of care if the nurse is not able to come to work.
  • Some questions to consider include:
    • Did the nurse’s references satisfactorily address matters related to safe practice, respect and compassion?
    • Do you have liability insurance to cover any accidents that may occur with your employee when working in your home?

If You Have Concerns

If you have any concerns about an RN that you’ve hired privately, first speak with her/him. If you think that your concerns are not being resolved, please call a CRNNS Professional Conduct Consultant who can help you determine how to resolve the issue.

If you have hired a nurse through an agency, again speak first with the RN and then with the agency if you are not satisfied. If the agency seems unable to resolve the issue, please take your concerns to CRNNS.