Trending Topics

The College recognizes that from time to time, topics of interest come to the forefront.  Whether important to the College and our members, making news headlines, or a trending topic in social media, they require access by the public. You will find in this section, information of note.  Although it may not always be in the headlines, it is important to stay informed.    

  • Important clarification: RN exam requirement for entry to practice

    CNO advises students and educators that the CASN “certification exam” is not a replacement for passing the NCLEX-RN and will not be used in CNO’s registration process. 

  • Applying to the College online

    Applying to become a nurse in Ontario is now an online process. The College has launched an online portal that replaces some of its paper application process. This is part of a bigger initiative to upgrade our technology and business processes so we can offer more efficient...

  • Updating RPN exam

    Health care continues to advance rapidly, and as a result, the competencies nurses need to apply are constantly evolving. In addition, the large and growing population in both Ontario and British Columbia is increasing the need for nurse resources. Each year in Ontario and British Columbia, about...

  • Quality Care

    Here’s what we’re doing with our Quality Assurance Program to support nurses with their continued learning.

  • Journey to RN prescribing

    The College is your primary source for timely and accurate information about RN prescribing. To avoid confusion and learn the facts, visit this page first. We will update it often as the project progresses. Also, watch for future opportunities to provide feedback when we consult with...

  • Governance Vision 2020

    At its December 2016 meeting, CNO’s Council approved a vision for governance for 2020. This vision will ensure the College’s board remains an effective leader in building the public’s trust that the board is focused on the public’s needs and interests.

  • INRC Position Statements

    The College of Nurses of Ontario is a member of the International Nurse Regulator Collaborative (INRC). The INRC develops position statements on emerging trends in nursing regulation.  This information is intended as an FYI only. Ontario nurses are accountable for practicing according to the...

  • NPs and Prescribing Controlled Substances

    Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in Ontario can prescribe controlled substances, if they have completed approved controlled substances education. The education covers competencies related to safe, effective and ethical prescribing, and managing clients who are treated with controlled substances. NPs,...

  • Sexual Abuse

    We recognize the egregious harm and lasting effect that results from sexual abuse by a nurse. We consider all complaints and reports of sexual abuse as high risk and are committed to ensuring each receives a high priority investigation and to giving sensitive and respectful support to victims who...

  • Medical Assistance in Dying

    The Medical Assistance in Dying information page is where you will find important updates, information and resources that impact nurses in Ontario.  We will be updating this page as more information becomes available, and we encourage you to check back often.

  • About NCLEX-RN

    The National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) is an entry-to-practice examination for those applying to become a Registered Nurse. It tests the competencies nurses need at the beginning of their careers.

Page last reviewed July 27, 2017