April 2017

RPN in a personal support worker’s role

I am currently working part-time as an RPN. My organization is hiring a full-time personal support worker. Can I work in this role?

Yes, you can work as a personal support worker (PSW).

A PSW is an unregulated care provider but your RPN status means you are regulated as a member of the College. While you work in this role, you are still accountable as an RPN and the College's standards apply to you. For example, if a client shows symptoms that are beyond the expectations of a PSW role, you are accountable for stepping out of your PSW role to identify and assess the problem as an RPN.

For more information, read the Working in Different Roles practice guideline.

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