In 2017, the Ontario government amended the Nursing Act to authorize RNs to communicate a diagnosis and to prescribe medication. The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) has now shared for comment the proposed regulation changes for expanding the RN scope of practice.

    RN prescribing has huge potential to increase people’s access to care and to increase efficiencies in our health system. RNs work in all health sectors throughout Ontario and their diverse distribution throughout the health system positions them to meet the unique needs of Ontarians.

    RNAO is accepting applications from health-care organizations and academic institutions to act as a host site for either a Best Practice Champions workshop or Addressing Substance Use Champions workshop between May 2019 and January 2020.

    The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) Council has approved draft regulations for psychotherapy and for RN prescribing.

    The draft regulation for psychotherapy contains proposed changes under the Nursing Act, 1991 to identify that a RN may perform the controlled act of psychotherapy. RNAO and its interest groups have long advocated for RNs to continue to initiate and perform psychotherapy when it was proclaimed a controlled act.