As the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners (NP), and nursing students in Ontario, we are pleased to provide the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) with feedback on the draft revised NP practice standard. This document is an important tool for NPs, other health professionals, and the public to understand the standard of services expected from an NP.
While RNAO appreciates the College’s attempt to simplify the standard to make it easier to apply in a variety of practice settings, we take a cautious approach in assessing the condensed standard. In the proposed new standard, the appendices which included practice tools and specific guidance are removed (e.g. Decision Tree for NPs: Deciding to Perform a Controlled Act). As we articulated to CNO in November 2014 when delivering feedback on the draft revised medication practice standard, ensuring supporting resources and sufficient content are essential to effectively facilitate awareness of professional standards. We therefore invite CNO to take a leading role in partnership with RNAO to develop supporting/complementary resources such as fact sheets, webinars, and diagrams that can be used by clinicians, educators, administrators and researchers to clearly understand and interpret the standard.