To improve access to quality care, Ontario is moving ahead in expanding the scope of practice of RNs so they can independently prescribe some medications to patients.

    Ontario has also committed to assessing requests for the expansion of the role and responsibilities of NPs, including ordering MRIs and more.

    A clearer picture of the future of cannabis in Ontario emerged on Sept. 8 when the province released its framework to manage the drug after it becomes legal next year.

    The province's ministers of health and finance and its attorney general announced measures they say will carefully control the lawful use of cannabis, discourage consumption, and eliminate the illicit market.

    In Ontario, the law shapes the rights, choices and quality of life for persons who are dying and those who support them.

    That’s why on Aug. 16 and Aug. 18, RNs and NPs came together to discuss their experiences helping patients through the dying process as well as their thoughts on equitable care, Ontario’s laws and programs, and end-of-life challenges.