Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Publications & Resources

July/August 2012

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Cover Story: 
A last resort - Alternatives to restraint use improve safety and quality of life.

Laura Wagner first used a restraint in the mid-90s, when she was a nursing student. She admits being unaware of the potential for injury – or even death – that could be linked to
the device.

At the time, Wagner was working as a nursing assistant at a long-term care home in the U.S. She was caring for an elderly woman who was being restrained daily in a recliner with a tray strapped across her midsection (a Geri-Chair). The woman had Alzheimer’s, and a tendency to become anxious and restless. Nobody really knew that she could walk, Wagner recalls.

Online RNJ Content: NPs one step closer to prescribing controlled substances - This value-added feature gives readers of the magazine a little something extra online that they won't find in the print version of the magazine. Enjoy.

Health Canada has released its New Classes of Practitioners Regulations (NCPR) that, once approved, would (along with provincial regulations developed by the College of Nurses of Ontario) authorize NPs to prescribe controlled substances.Read more...