Standards & Guidelines
The College provides practice standards and guidelines to support nurses in providing safe and ethical nursing care to the people of Ontario.
Practice standards outline the expectations for nurses that contribute to public protection. They inform nurses of their accountabilities and the public of what to expect of nurses. The standards apply to all nurses regardless of their role, job description or area of practice.
Practice guidelines, which often address specific practice-related issues, help nurses understand their responsibilities and how to make safe and ethical decisions in their practice.
The College provides a variety of educational and consultative services -- including webcasts, teleconferences and Practice Support -- to help nurses understand the standards and how to apply them to their practice.
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