September 2017
Spotlight

New information for NPs

Learn more about programs NPs can complete to meet the controlled substances education requirement, and a training course to strengthen the knowledge base for the new service of medical assistance in dying (MAiD).

Controlled substances programs for NPs 

At its September meeting, Council approved a number of programs across Canada that NPs can complete to meet the controlled substances education requirement, which is needed before they can prescribe controlled substances.

The controlled substances education requirement can be a standalone course or an NP program that has integrated controlled substances content. 

As of this month, Ontario nursing students beginning their NP education will not have to complete a separate controlled substances course because the content will be integrated throughout their curricula.

See the complete list of the approved NP courses and programs that integrate controlled substances education.

If you need detailed information about any school’s program or course, you should contact the school directly.

MAiD: training for NPs

In an effort to strengthen the knowledge base for the new service of medical assistance in dying (MAiD), the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), in partnership with Joule, a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) company, is providing a training session for NPs and Ontario physicians.  

The one-day training session is funded by MOHLTC and offered at no cost. Travel and accommodation will not be covered.

Sessions will be offered in the following cities on the following days:

  • Sudbury (Sept. 29)

  • London (Oct. 13)

  • Thunder Bay (Oct. 30)

  • Toronto (Nov. 3)

  • Orillia (Nov. 13)

  • Ottawa (Nov. 20)

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, you may take a facilitated online course.  

Course details

The course will cover key areas of MAiD, such as the legal and regulatory aspects, issues of consent and capacity, and the technical provision of MAiD. It will use case studies to help you integrate the acquired knowledge of these issues with practical scenarios you may encounter as you engage in conversations about MAiD with clients.

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • integrate and fulfill ethical principles and legal and regulatory requirements in the care of patients requesting MAiD

  • evaluate competency, especially with vulnerable populations

  • engage in a complex conversation with patients and their families at end of life

  • provide the technical aspects of MAiD in a compassionate manner

  • self-monitor and reflect to assess impact in personal and professional life

  • access support around self-care

Registration information 

Click here to register. You will need a cma.ca account to register. If you do not have an account, create one here. Please note that NPs should select “member of the general public” when creating an account.

Space is limited and course enrollment will be based on a first-come, first-served basis. Course registrants will receive specific location details for each city directly.

If you need help with creating an account, contact CMA (weekdays from 8 am-8 pm EST) at memberservicecentre@cma.ca or toll-free at 1-888-855-2555.

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