Championing the public

Would you like to see what the College accomplished last year? Read about it now in our 2016 Annual Report.

Titled “Championing Safe Nursing Care,” the report emphasizes issues that affect the public most. One example is how the College used public input to help shape regulatory changes to support safe NP prescribing of controlled substances.

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Comment on proposed changes to evaluation fees

The College is proposing changes to the evaluation fees it charges applicants who want to register as nurses in Ontario, and changes under related by-laws.

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Questions about Wettlaufer

The Elizabeth Wettlaufer case is receiving much media attention. So why hasn’t the College responded to all the questions? This is not by choice, nor is it motivated by a desire to protect the College’s reputation.

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Strengthening patient protection in Ontario

On May 30, 2017, the Ontario government passed the Protecting Patients Act, 2017. It resulted in the following changes...

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Can an NP order physical restraints?

Whether an NP can order restraints depends on the NP’s practice setting and related regulations.


For example, the Patient Restraints Minimization Act, 2001 specifies that only a physician or a person specified by regulation can order a restraint. Therefore in hospitals, only physicians are authorized to order restraints for patients because no regulations are in place under the Patient Restraints Minimization Act that lists other health care professionals.


However, under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, NPs who work in long-term care settings are authorized to order restraints.

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