Nurses groups con­cerned over plan to ex­pand RPN du­ties

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - CANADA & WORLD - DENISE PAGLINAWAN

TORONTO — Two groups rep­re­sent­ing On­tario nurses are rais­ing con­cerns about their reg­u­la­tory body’s de­ci­sion to ex­pand the scope of prac­tice for reg­is­tered prac­ti­cal nurses in the prov­ince.

The Reg­is­tered Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion

of On­tario and the On­tario Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion are now call­ing on the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to de­lay the change un­til af­ter the end of the COVID-19 pan­demic.

“The Col­lege of Nurses of On­tario (CNO) made a shock­ing and stun­ning de­ci­sion ap­prov­ing a reg­u­la­tion change for the

Reg­is­tered Prac­ti­cal Nurse (RPN) scope of prac­tice … that will se­ri­ously jeop­ar­dize the safety of the pub­lic,” the two groups said in a state­ment.

The change, the groups said, dis­re­gards the dif­fer­ence in ed­u­ca­tional re­quire­ments for the two dif­fer­ent types of nurs­ing prac­tices and al­lows reg­is­tered prac­ti­cal nurses to carry out du­ties cur­rently re­served for reg­is­tered nurses.

The groups have launched a pe­ti­tion ask­ing the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to halt the move for now. The health and longterm-care min­istries did not im­me­di­ately pro­vide com­ment.

The Col­lege of Nurses also did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to re­quest for com­ment.

Mean­while, the Reg­is­tered Prac­ti­cal Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion of On­tario said it be­lieves its mem­bers, if they have the ap­pro­pri­ate knowl­edge, should be al­lowed to work within the ex­panded scope of prac­tice.

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