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The nurse demonstrates an understanding of self-regulation in relation to the role of the College, the concept of public protection and the key legislation governing the practice of nursing in Ontario.

The nurse:

1.01  Defines self-regulation.

1.02  Differentiates between the two key pieces of nursing legislation (Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the Nursing Act, 1991).

1.03  Communicates the mandate of the College is to protect the public interest.

1.04  Describes the College’s four key regulatory functions reflective of the College’s role (practice standards, quality assurance, entry to practice, enforcement).

1.05  Articulates the role of the College’s Council and statutory committees.


1.06  Identifies who is governed by the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (i.e., all health professions in Ontario).

1.07  Identifies the College regulates all RNs, RPNs and NPs in Ontario.

1.08  Lists the titles of nurses that are protected under the Nursing Act, 1991 and its regulations.

1.09  Identifies who may and may not hold themselves out to be a nurse as per s. 11 of the Nursing Act, 1991.

1.10  Identifies that there are Acts, other than the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the Nursing Act, 1991, that are relevant to the practice of nursing in Ontario.


1.11  Describes the differences in the classes of certificates of registration (including the four Extended Class specialties).

1.12  (Rescinded)

1.13  Identifies what information is available to the public on the College’s online register (Find a Nurse) as required by s. 23(2), Health Professions Procedural Code.

1.14  Articulates that the College is obligated to investigate all complaints.

1.15  (Rescinded)


1.16  Describes how the College supports nurses in their practice (i.e., interpretation of the practice standards, practice consultation, Quality Assurance Program).


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