How Updates to Nursing Documents Impact You

As a part of the external consultation process, guidelines created by the SRNA are shared with the public, our partners and members requesting feedback to be provided on the content. This feedback is considered and applied where applicable before receiving final approval by SRNA Council. This process ensures that the public, SRNA members and stakeholders can share thoughts on documents created before they are approved and published.

In the fall of 2020, two new documents were created and shared for feedback. The SRNA Guideline for Prescribing Medication outlines the requirements and professional expectations for prescribing for authorised prescribers including Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Registered Nurses with Additional Authorized Practice [RN(AAP)]. The document, Guideline for RNs Recommending & Administering Nonprescription Drugs provides a similar outline, sharing the professional responsibilities and considerations for RNs who are enabled to guide client decision-making regarding over-the-counter (OTC) medications in a variety of clinical settings. These documents provide RNs, NPs and RN(AAP)s guidance to practice within their full legislated scope of practice with you, the client, at the centre.

During Council in February 2021, two additional documents had revisions approved. The Documentation Guideline provides an outline of why proper nursing documentation is required and is imperative for providing the best care to the public. Secondly, the Self-Employed Practice Guideline covers such topics as the legislation and regulatory requirements for self-employed practice, confidentiality, consent and considerations when treating family and friends.

Additionally, SRNA Council has made the decision to discontinue the use of position statements which has resulted in in the document, 24 Hour Registered Nurse Coverage, being replaced with, 24 Hour RN Coverage in Special-Care Homes. If you are interested in learning more about any of the above mentioned documents, we encourage you to visit our Practice webpage, where all updates on documents and resources are posted.

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