Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Progress made and more needs to come on NP scope of practice

RNAO is pleased by the announcement of an expansion to the NP scope to include point-of-care testing, MRIs and CT scans, something RNAO has insisted on for years.

While we welcome this expansion of scope, we are urging the government to remove all legislative and regulatory barriers that prevent NPs from exercising authority to order and perform all diagnostic tests necessary for patient care. 

We urge you to sign RNAO’s action alert calling on the minister to include the following in her directive:

  • authority to order additional forms of energy such as non-invasive EEG and ECG in all situations
  • authority to apply specified forms of energy such as defibrillation
  • authority to order nuclear medicine testing/procedures
  • expansion of authority to certify death
  • authority to complete various mental health forms
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