Support for Public Health Measures

Evidence shows that measures such as handwashing, masking and social distancing are effective strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At this time, as COVID vaccines are being administered to the residents of Saskatchewan, the SRNA wants to remind RNs and NPs about expectations related to providing advice on public health protection and prevention measures.

RNs and NPs are leaders in the community. The public’s trust may extend to the views expressed by RNs and NPs on health matters communicated on social media and other forums. As such, statements made by RNs and NPs in public forums have the potential to impact the health and safety of the public.

RNs and NPs have a professional responsibility and are accountable to:

  • use evidenced-based information to inform their professional practice;
  • support patients and the public to make informed health care decisions, including decisions about public health prevention and protection measures; and,
  • role model and follow public health directives that keep patients and the public safe.

The SRNA’s expectations of RNs and NPs regarding public statements, are outlined in the Registered Nurse Practice Standards, Registered Nurse Entry-level Competencies, Nurse Practitioner Practice Standards, Nurse Practitioner Entry-level Competencies and the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses.

The SRNA’s standards, entry-level competencies and code of ethics do not apply to all aspects of an RN’s or NP’s private life. However, those who choose to make public comments, while identifying themselves as an RN or NP, are accountable to the SRNA and the public it protects.

RNs and NPs are expected to adhere to the standards, entry-level competencies and code of ethics when carrying out their professional responsibilities. They have a professional responsibility to provide evidence-based information and care. Making anti-vaccination, anti-masking and anti-distancing comments may result in an investigation by the SRNA, and possible disciplinary proceedings. 

Additional resources

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Social Media

Saskatchewan Health Authority

Government of Saskatchewan

Government of Canada

External Consultation for Self-Employed Practice Guidelines

The SRNA is currently in the process of revising the Self-Employed Practice Guidelines. The Self-Employed Practice Guidelines provide guidance for RNs and NPs who are interested in setting up their own practice. The guideline covers such topics as the legislation and regulatory requirements for self-employed practice, confidentiality, consent, considerations when treating family and friends, information management, policy and procedure development, and liability protection.

The SRNA is seeking feedback on this document from the public, partners, and member. Feedback can be provided by accessing the survey here. The document can be accessed here.

Final approval occurs through the SRNA Executive Director and SRNA Council. The guideline will take effect on the SRNA Council approval date.

Questions or comments are welcome and can be directed to practiceadvice@srna.org.

Advanced Foot Care for Registered Nurses

Infection Prevention and Control Canada has released an updated document on the use, cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and storage of foot care devices. The document outlines the required equipment and devices for client treatment, as well as stipulations for the purchasing and reusing of foot care devices, and options for guaranteed sterilization of the devices if items are being reused.

It is your duty as the Registered Nurse administering care to ensure that the client is not placed at risk of infection when foot care devices are being used. The level of sterilization of foot care instruments and supplies must be at the level of a health professional. RNs should evaluate their current practices against the recommended infection prevention and control practices within the document and adjust, as necessary.

With the rise of instances of chronic diseases increasing the need for advanced foot care, this document is to ensure that all Registered Nurses with this added certification are up-to-date on the best practices for safe foot care treatment, and are educated on the options available to ensure infection does not occur.

Read the full document here.

External Consultation for “Documentation Guidelines for Registered Nurses”

SRNA staff are reviewing the current Documentation Guidelines for Registered Nurses and are seeking feedback from the public, partners and members as part of the external consultation process. This process is in place to ensure relevant information is clearly presented.

The draft Documentation Guidelines for Registered Nurses provides information about the professional expectations and requirements for documenting nursing care. Complete the survey here: Documentation Guidelines for Registered Nurses

Feedback can be provided by accessing the survey by September 18, 2020. All feedback will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate.

Final approval occurs through the SRNA Executive Director and SRNA Council. The guideline will take effect on the SRNA Council approval date.

Questions or comments are welcome and can be directed to practiceadvice@srna.org.

External Consultation for “Guideline for Prescribing Medication” and “RNs Recommending and Administering Over-the-Counter Medications”

SRNA staff have drafted two new documents and are seeking feedback on the content of both from the public, partners and members as part of the external consultation process. This process is in place to ensure relevant information is clearly presented.

The SRNA Guideline for Prescribing Medication provides information about the professional expectations and requirements for authorized nursing prescribers in Saskatchewan. Complete the survey here: Guideline for Prescribing Medication 

RNs Recommending and Administering Over-the-Counter Medications outlines 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. Complete the survey here: RNs Recommending and Administering Over-the-Counter Medications

Feedback can be provided by accessing the related survey by September 15, 2020. All feedback will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate.

Final approval occurs through the SRNA Executive Director and SRNA Council. The guideline will take effect on the SRNA Council approval date.

Questions or comments are welcome and can be directed to practiceadvice@srna.org.

External Consultation Graduate Nurse Practice Guideline

The SRNA is currently reviewing the Graduate Nurse Practice Guideline and is seeking feedback on the content. This guideline provides information about topics such as the professional expectations, scope of practice and supervision requirements for Graduate Nurses (GN).

SRNA staff have reviewed and revised the existing document and are now seeking feedback from the public, partners and members as part of the external consultation process. This process is in place to ensure relevant information is clearly presented. Feedback can be provided by accessing this survey by August 7, 2020. All feedback will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate.

Final approval occurs through the SRNA Executive Director and SRNA Council. The guideline will take effect on the SRNA Council approval date.

Questions or comments are welcome and can be directed to practiceadvice@srna.org.

Professional Accountability During the Pandemic – Joint Statement

Nursing Practice Update: Joint Statement – Supporting Saskatchewan Regulated Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic is difficult and challenging for our health care system. During a surge in COVID-19 cases, you may be required to adapt your usual practice. A joint statement outlining principles and practice expectations for you and other regulated health care professionals has been developed to support clarity during these challenging times. Read the Full Statement

Nursing Use of Information and Communication Technologies

RNs and NPs are working with organizations to provide continued safe, competent and ethical care to the people of Saskatchewan during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using virtual means, such as telehealth, to connect with patients and families is a necessity in today’s environment. Telehealth connects patients and health care providers who provide health services over the phone, computer or any other forms of information and communication technologies (ICT). Nursing telepractice is the delivery, management and coordination of care and services provided via ICT.

When utilizing ICT for telepractice, RNs and NPs must ensure they continue to uphold their standards, competencies and code of ethics. The importance of clinical knowledge, nursing judgment, communication and documentation skills is paramount when establishing and maintaining a nurse client relationship through telehealth. More information for nursing telehealth activities can be found in the resource section below.

To provide telehealth to a Saskatchewan resident, you must be registered and hold a practicing license with the SRNA. The Registered Nurses Act, 1988 in Saskatchewan outlines the need to be registered to engage in the practice of registered nursing and to use protected titles. Information about registration can be found here.

Each province/territory and country is governed by differing legislation/regulations/bylaws. It is important to contact the nursing regulator in that jurisdiction before providing telehealth services to their residents.

Questions about registration can be directed to Regulatory Services by email at register@srna.org or by calling 306.359.4200 or 1.800.667.9945 (toll free within Canada).

For a confidential consultation about a practice issue, please contact a Practice Advisor by email at practiceadvice@srna.org or call 306.359.4200 or 1.800.667.9945 (toll free within Canada).

Resources:      

Van Houwelingen, C. et al. (2016). Competencies required for nursing telehealth activities: A Delphi-study. Nurse Education Today, 39, 50-52. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0260691716000149

Canadian Nurses Protective Society, www.cnps.ca

Canadian Nurses of Ontario (CNO) (2017). Practice Guideline: Telepractice CNO Practice Guideline: Telepractice

Telehealth Nursing Practice

We have received a number of calls lately about telehealth and the ability to provide this service. Telehealth connects patients and health care providers who provide health services over the phone, computer or any other form of information and communication technologies (ICT).

Providing telehealth to a Saskatchewan resident

To provide telehealth to a Saskatchewan resident, you must be registered and hold a practicing license with the SRNA. The Registered Nurses Act, 1988 in Saskatchewan outlines the need to be registered to engage in the practice of registered nursing and to use protected titles. Information about registration can be found here.

Questions about registration can be directed to Regulatory Services by email at register@srna.org or by calling 306.359.4200 or 1.800.667.9945 (toll free within Canada).

Providing telehealth to clients who are residents of another province or territory

Each province/territory and country is governed by differing legislation/regulations/bylaws. We encourage you to contact the nursing regulator in that jurisdiction before providing telehealth services to their residents.

A national discussion is currently underway to examine the delivery of telehealth services across the country. We will provide updates on this issues as further information becomes available.

For a confidential consultation about a practice issue, please contact a Practice Advisor by email at practiceadvice@srna.org or call 306.359.4200 or 1.800.667.9945 (toll free within Canada).

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