February 2018

Guidance when applying ultrasound

On Jan. 1, 2018, NPs gained the authority to apply ultrasound. Since then, the College has been updating resources to help NPs safely apply this new authority.

We recently revised the educational tools on www.cno.org/np. We have also consulted NPs, nurse educators, other regulatory bodies and nursing associations on potential expectations for this new area of practice. Council will be reviewing these new standard statements at their next meeting in March and will consider whether to include them in the Nurse Practitioner and Decisions about Procedures and Authorities practice standards.

NPs are expected to have the knowledge, skill and judgment to perform ultrasound safely, effectively and ethically. We encourage you to assess whether quality assurance systems are in place when applying ultrasound to ensure the safe and proper functioning of ultrasound equipment. For example, if you are using data from an ultrasound to inform a client diagnosis, you need be confident that the data is reliable. You should also consider the environment in which the ultrasound is being applied and what needs to be in place to ensure the procedure is conducted in an environment that best meets the needs of the client.

Stay tuned for more information after the March Council meeting.

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