October 2016

Expanding NP prescribing to include controlled substances

The College is actively working with the Ontario government to draft regulations under the Nursing Act, 1991 that will enable Ontario NPs to prescribe controlled substances.

In December, Council will review the draft regulations and decide if they can be circulated to nurses and stakeholders for feedback.

Since the prescribing of controlled substances is a high risk activity, implementing the regulations will require mechanisms to ensure public safety.  This may include education requirements and practice expectations specific to prescribing controlled substances.

Watch www.cno.org and The Standard for your opportunity to give feedback on the draft regulations and the safety mechanisms.

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