What is a Registered Nurse?

Registered Nurses (RNs) are self-regulated health care professionals .

In Saskatchewan, Registered Nurses (RNs) are self-regulated health care professionals who have attained at least a four-year baccalaureate degree in nursing and have passed the national registered nurse licensure exam. The Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA) regulates, registers and licenses all RNs.

Registered Nurses’ scope of practice is determined by provincial legislation, The Registered Nurses Act (1988). They are also accountable to the Standards of Practice and nursing values outlined in the Code of Ethics.

RNs are health care leaders who contribute to a healthy population. They can either work alone or as members of a collaborative team in a variety of specialized areas of practice and clinical settings. “RNs coordinate health care, deliver direct services and support clients in their self-care decisions and actions in situations of health, illness, injury and disability in all stages of life.” (Canadian Nurses Association)

The role and scope of practice of RNs continues to evolve in order to meet the changing practice dynamic of RNs and the collaborative teams they work with, as well as the shifting health care environment in Saskatchewan and across Canada. Examples of this evolution are the relatively new categories of practice in Saskatchewan: the Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) [RN(NP)] and the Registered Nurse (Additional Authorized Practice) [RN(AAP)] established in 2001 and 2016 respectively.

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