New RN Specialty Practices Guideline

At the SRNA Annual Meeting in May 2020, members voted to remove the Standards and Competencies for RN Specialty Practices, 2018 document from SRNA bylaws. The bylaw change was published in the Saskatchewan Gazette on October 2, 2020 resulting in the official removal of the standards document from SRNA bylaws. The RN Specialty Practices Guideline, 2020 now provides the foundation for RN Specialty Practices.

RN Specialty Practices (RNSP) Guideline are brought to life through RN Clinical Protocols which are created collaboratively by RNs and their employers. RN Clinical Protocols are developed by RNs and health professionals directly involved in the care, who are the experts in their fields and are in the best position to collaborate with others to make decisions about how to optimize care and influence health outcomes in their practice areas.

Essential components of an RN Clinical Protocol:

  • the RNSP is in the interest of the client in their specific environment
  • there is evidence to support the RNSP
  • a client-specific or client population authorizing mechanism is in place
  • RN competencies and which RNs will engage in the RNSP are clearly defined

The employer determines the frequency for review, updating and approval of the RNSP with consideration for advancements in practice based on evidence and best practice. Safe, timely, quality client care is supported through optimization of scope of practice through the implementation of RNSPs in Saskatchewan.

We encourage you to access the guideline to think about how it relates to your practice. If you’re interested in further information and explanation regarding RN Specialty Practices Guideline we encourage you to also visit the SRNA Dialogue YouTube Channel, where you can view a recording of SRNA Nursing Advisor Barb MacDonald’s presentation on the topic during this year’s Workplace Representative education sessions.




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