The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) has recently released a Guideline: Referral-Consultation Process. The guideline includes guidance for physicians who are writing referrals and consultation reports. Nurse Practitioners (NP) are included as care providers within the document. Expectations for communication to/from consulting physicians are important for NPs to know, understand and implement into their practice.
NP practice standards set the expectation for NPs to understand the roles of, and collaborate with, other health care providers to support optimal client outcomes (SRNA, 2017). Section four of the guideline outlines the expectations of referring physicians. The SRNA supports the information in this section and expects NPs to follow these guidelines when referring a patient to a specialist.
Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA). (2017). Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) Practice Standards. Retrieved from https://www.srna.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/RNNPPracticeStandards2017.pdf