NPs Prescribing Cosmetics

Nurse Practitioners (NP) in Saskatchewan can prescribe bioactive agents and medical fillers for cosmetic purposes when:

  • the patient condition for which they are prescribing the agents fall within the individual NP common medical disorders and
  • the NP has the knowledge, skills and competence to safely assess, treat, prescribe and/or administer the product in accordance with bylaws, standards and competencies and federal legislation.

NPs work within a collaborative team of physicians, registered nurses (RN) and other health care providers to implement the nursing process including assessment, care planning, implementation and evaluation. Considerations for NPs when practicing in an interdisciplinary setting:

  • Recognition of practice is required for NPs who practice in the most responsible practitioner role. Contact regulation@crns.ca for further information.
    • The most responsible practitioner is responsible to:
      • conduct an initial assessment of the client at each visit;
      • establish a treatment plan for the injection;
      • assess that the RN providing the injection is competent to perform the task; and,
      • be available to provide assistance in the event of an untoward event.
    • RN Clinical Protocols are required to provide guidance to RNs who are administering these products under the authority of NPs. The four essential components for RN Specialty Practices must be incorporated into the RN Clinical Protocol.

Providing cosmetic services and procedures has evolved over the past several years and includes unique liability risks that NPs should understand prior to engaging in this area of practice. It is strongly recommended that NPs contact the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) to discuss liability risks associated with cosmetic nursing.

Questions? Contact an CRNS Practice Advisor by phone: 1-800-667-9945 or 306-359-4227 or by email: practiceadvice@crns.ca.

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 Graduate Nurse Practice Guideline

The CRNS 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).

CRNS 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 CRNS Executive Director and CRNS Council. The guideline will take effect on the CRNS Council approval date.

Questions or comments are welcome and can be directed to practiceadvice@crns.ca.

Updated Clinical Decision Tools for RNs with Additional Authorized Practice

As of November 5, 2019, the updated Clinical Decision Tools (CDTs) for RNs with Additional Authorized Practice [RN(AAP)s] have been adopted by CRNS Council and will be in effect beginning December 1, 2019. As of this date, the older versions of the CDTs will no longer be in effect.

The evidence and best practice guidelines have been reviewed and incorporated into the updated CDTs with in-text sources included. The Interprofessional Advisory Group (IPAG) reviewed, revised and approved all of the CDTs. During this process, it was determined that some Pediatric and Adult CDTs could be merged to streamline the processes. Additionally, charts and tables have been added to support effective and clear messaging about pharmacology options and other information within the CDTs. Language has been updated to reflect non-binary genders, for example people of reproductive age rather than women of childbearing age, and reproductive health rather than women’s health.

While the literature review is complete and all CDTs are updated for evidence-informed best practice for RN(AAP)s to diagnose, treat and prescribe for limited common medical disorders, there are no significant practice changes and no new CDTs.

It is important RN(AAP)s review all CDTs to ensure they are informed about the latest evidence for their practice.

CRNS Practice Advisors may be contacted for answers to your practice questions by email at practiceadvice@crns.ca or by phone 306.359.4200 or 1.800.667.9945 (toll free within Canada).

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 CRNS. 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@crns.ca 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@crns.ca or call 306.359.4200 or 1.800.667.9945 (toll free within Canada).

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