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Ask Practice features questions and answers about a variety of practice-related issues that nurses may face over the course of their careers.
The questions come from nurses and the answers are written by the College’s Practice Support Team. Ask Practice is updated on a regular basis, so come back often to see what new questions have been added to the list. Do you have a practice-related question that isn’t addressed here? Contact the Practice Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accountabilities during a strike
Care Transitions: Transfer of Accountability
Communicating test results
Delegating the communication of a diagnosis
Immunization reporting requirements
Initiating a packing dressing
Nurses use of Cannabis
Performing frequent client assessments
Sleeping during shift breaks
Risking fatigue by working long hours
Understanding your scope of practice
What information is required on name tags?
Administering influenza vaccine through a directive
Authority to initiate intravenous lines
Delegation or directive?
Directives and Prescriptions
Do directives expire?
Orders via video conference call
Signing for narcotic wastage
Signing prescriptions with “as per…”
Confidentiality and Privacy
Accessing client’s health records
Police access to health information
Mandatory reporting of gunshot wounds
Occupational Health Nurses (OHNs) and confidentiality
Discussing clients with colleagues online
Withholding information/Lockbox provision
Decisions About Procedures
Declaration of Practice
Accepting a friend request on Facebook
Accepting gifts from clients
Caring for a friend
Communicating with clients online
Culturally Sensitive Care
Disagreeing with the Care Plan
Protecting Patients Act, 2017 (Bill 87)
Providing care to a sexual partner
Professional versus social relationships
When employer policies conflict
When patients attempt sexual touching
Administering naloxone in emergencies
Can I distribute naloxone?
Dealing with drug shortage issues
Dispensing opioids and labels
Narcotic storage and disposal
No directives for controlled substances
Recommending OTC medications
RPNs administering sedation
Sliding scale insulin
What patients should consider before getting Botox by a nurse
Psychotherapy and the controlled act component of psychotherapy
RPNs in triage
RPNs as circulating nurses
RPNs and initiation
Can I register as a psychiatric nurse in Ontario?
Unregulated Care Providers
Can a UCP or PSW call themselves a nurse?
Delegating to a Personal Support Worker
Documenting for Personal Support Workers
Working with physician assistants
Teaching a personal support worker to administer injections
Teaching UCP to administer Naloxone
Teaching UCP to give oral medication