January 2017

Emerging trends in nursing

The College is one of seven members of the International Nurse Regulator Collaborative (INRC).  The INRC promotes understanding and cooperation in developing standards to protect the public.  

INRC also develops position statements about emerging trends in nursing, which you can read on the College’s website. While you can use these position statements for your information and research, the College only holds you accountable for practising according its standards and guidelines.

Here is a brief description of each INRC position statement:

Inter-jurisdictional nursing practice
The position statement, Practice Location and Inter-Country Nursing Practice, outlines INRC’s view on practice location and inter-country nursing practice. It focuses on the increasing trend of the mobility of nurses and nursing practice between countries — both physically and virtually.

INRC has developed guiding principles for inter-country practice that promote public safety by ensuring that nurses register in the country where patients are located, and practise according to the laws of that jurisdiction.

In its statement, INRC highlights the importance of accessing quality nursing care across countries, while ensuring high standards of public protection.

The College also provides guidance, through its Telepractice practice guideline, to nurses who deliver telepractice nursing care across jurisdictions.

Using social media
Online and mobile tools, websites and applications for networking can benefit nurses. But social media can also pose a risk to members of the public. To reduce this risk, Social Media Use: Common Expectations for Nurses, outlines nine principles that nurses must pay attention to when using social media.

The principles are:

  • Know the benefits and risks of online behaviour

  • Maintain a professional image by separating personal from professional

  • Do not share any client information

  • Use privacy settings to limit access to your personal information

  • Maintain professional boundaries

  • Use caution when identifying yourself as a nurse online

  • Don’t use social media for workplace issues to protect your and your profession’s integrity

  • Follow your employer’s policies for using social media

  • Make sure you can answer for your actions

The College does not have a specific document on social media but you can use its Therapeutic Nurse-Client Relationship and Confidentiality and Privacy: Personal Health Information guidelines to inform your practice when using social media.

Visit the INRC Position Statements page for more information about emerging trends in nursing.

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