The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is pleased to report that the public register Find a Nurse, the nurse portal Maintain your Membership and the applicant portal are now live and available on CNO.org.
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We encourage you to follow the advice of public health, take all necessary precautions, and look after yourself during this time.
COVID-19 update: Standard of care and nurses’ accountabilities
CNO understands that, more than ever, the health care system and all health care professionals are experiencing challenging and unsettling times. We understand that for nurses these challenges bring a high degree of uncertainty and stress as we experience change in ways we have never felt before. You may be concerned about being able to maintain standards of practice, particularly when mobilized to work in other areas, and we want to assure you that the standard of care is always considered in context. The standard of care can evolve with the dynamic nature of the pandemic, including that resources may become scarce or absent.
Working in the health care system during a pandemic requires continual adaptation and adjustment in nursing practice. In this situation, it will be important to make reasonable efforts to comply with any direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and your workplace policies and procedures pertaining to COVID-19 management. While CNO will continue to receive complaints and reports during the pandemic, we appreciate that nurses are always doing their best in every situation and we will assess all information with consideration to the circumstances in which nurses are working.
CNO continues to appreciate and applaud your commitment and dedication within this emergent context. We understand you are considering patient needs, public safety, and doing your very best each and every day.
As CNO members, all nurses are responsible for practising in accordance with the laws, regulations and standards governing the nursing profession in Ontario. They are also expected to engage in life-long learning, renew their registration annually, and provide CNO with all practice-related information as required by law.
The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care asked us to begin the work required to expand the scope of practice for NPs, RNs and RPNs. These changes will increase patients’ choice of and access to health care services.
A list of all the documents currently available from the College, including practice standards and registration guides.
The College answers questions about nursing practice.
A series of online resources designed to help nurses understand and apply Practice Standards.
This tool is designed to help you apply the Medication practice standard. The practice standard is principle-based, which means that it uses broad statements. You will need to use critical inquiry and your knowledge, skill and judgment when making decisions about medication practices. This tool is...
Ensuring the use of safe, effective and ethical infection prevention and control measures is an important component of nursing care. To do so, nurses are expected to be aware of applicable CNO standards, relevant legislation, best practices and organizational policies related to infection...
Information and resources to assist nurses, employers and facility operators in the event of a declared pandemic.
Provides information and educational resources designed specifically for Nurse Practitioners practising in Ontario.
Virtual forums for nurses, students and employers to discuss nursing-related issues.
This webcast helps nurses understand the accountabilities for each principle in the Code of Conduct. It also describes the conduct and behaviour members of the public can expect of nurses in different situations.
The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is pleased to report that the public register Find a Nurse, the nurse portal Maintain your Membership and the applicant portal are now live and available on CNO.org. If you are a member of CNO and the below FAQs do not address your question, please...
It’s important for the public and employers to have accurate information about nurses. It increases transparency, promotes trust and allows people to make informed decisions about who is providing their care. That’s why it’s the law that all regulated health professions in Ontario, including...
Information for nurses about the new PLP requirement and how it may affect their practice.
The College’s Registration Regulation requires all nurses in the General or Extended Classes to make a declaration about their nursing practice within the previous three years. Nurses will make this declaration at the time of membership renewal, or at any other time when requested by the...
The following questions and answers provide some background information about the requirement to provide an email address, and how your email will be used by the College. General Why do I have to provide my email to the College? The College is increasing the...
Once a year, each member of the College must renew their membership to continue practising as a nurse in Ontario. Renewing your membership involves answering questions about your employment status and areas of practice and education, and paying an annual fee. Members who fail to complete the Annual...
Request for Verification of Registration form
Current or former members can request a Verification of Registration from CNO for another regulator.
Please note, we are sending Verification of Registration documents electronically only. We will not be providing these documents by mail, fax or courier.
A Request for Verification of Registration form is available below. Please complete the form, sign it, and submit it to CNO. Once we receive your request form, we will email you a specific link to Maintain Your Membership to pay the processing fee within 10 business days. Once we receive your payment, we will start the Verification process. Your request will be processed on a first-in, first-out basis. The maximum processing time for most requests is six weeks.
If you already submitted a request form and paid your fee, there is no need to submit another request.
We are working as quickly as we can to process your request and will notify you if there are any issues.
Thank you for your patience.
Verification of Registration form
The purpose of this document is to verify to another regulatory board that you are, or were, registered with CNO. This document cannot be sent to an employer or a school.Download form