Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO reacts to announcement of expanded role for nurses

RNAO understands the public’s frustration when they can’t get access to care in a timely way and we advocate tirelessly to make change that has positive impact for nursing and Ontarians.

Last week announcements were made regarding maximizing nursing practice at our 88th Annual General Meeting, and the association couldn’t be more pleased.

The announcements build on our advocacy work in increasing timely access to quality care for the public, and recognizing the central role Ontario's nurses play in our health system; especially around maximizing and expanding the scope of practice of nurses as illustrated in our report Primary Solutions to Primary Care.

The changes include working with the College of Nurses of Ontario (the body that regulates the nursing profession in the province) to expand the scope of practice of nurses so they can dispense medication in specific circumstances (for example, when patients do not have quick access to a pharmacy), and to identify additional opportunities to expand their scope to include allowing RNs to prescribe certain medications and nurse practitioners (NP) prescribing controlled substances.

When all health professionals are able to work to their full and optimized scope of practice, patients will benefit and we will have a better and more efficient health system; a better system for all of us.

Diagnosis By Nurses - CBC (Jane Hawtin with Doris Grinspun)
Expanded role for RNs = greater access to care for patients - RNAO Media Release