Interpretation of Common Medical Disorders

The SRNA is pleased to introduce a new interpretation of Common Medical Disorders as originally defined in Council Governance Policy 3.15. RN(NP) practice has evolved over time to provide better access to quality and timely health care in a variety of settings, therefore the SRNA is broadening the interpretation of Common Medical Disorders.

The new draft interpretation was presented by SRNA staff and approved by Council at the November 2018 Council meeting. This new policy assists RN(NP)s, the public and health care partners to understand the evolving scope of diagnosing and treating Common Medical Disorders. There is recognition in the policy that some medical disorders may be uncommon for some RN(NP)s, but common for others in their RN(NP) practice. Additionally, RN(NP)s competency progresses through their career, therefore disorders may become more common.

  • The Principles of Common Medical Disorders determine what RN(NP)s must adhere to when completing assessments that lead to diagnosing and treating Common Medical Disorders:
  • RN(NP)s need to consider their area of specialty practice, the diverse populations encountered, and the variety of clinical practice settings.
  • RN(NPs) require continuing professional development to ensure safe and competent diagnosis and treatment of the common medical disorders within their practice.
  • RN(NP)s must consider the trajectory of clients’ health needs across the lifespan as well as the nature of a team-based approach, including collaborative relationships with other health care providers.
  • RN(NP)s must be able to provide applicable health services considering The Registered Nurses Act, 1988, the bylaws, the standards and competency documents and the polices of council of the SRNA.

You can view the updated policy here.

SRNA Nursing Advisors are available to discuss practice questions about Common Medical Disorders. To contact the SRNA for practice advice, please call: 1-800-667-9945 or 306-359-4200 (ask to speak to a practice advisor), or you can email at

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