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Professional Standards

The Professional Standards practice standard provides an overall framework for the practice of nursing and links with other practice standards, guidelines and competencies developed by the College of Nurses of Ontario.


  1. Identify seven professional standard statements.
  2. Describe the expectations for all nurses within each professional standard statement.
  3. Illustrate how the professional standard statements are demonstrated in practice.


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Chapter 1 - Guiding Principles


Chapter 2 - An Overview


Chapter 3 - Accountability


Chapter 4 - Continuing Competence

Please note the content about the College's QA (Quality Assurance) Program in the Continuing Competence chapter is no longer current. Visit the QA section on the website  for accurate, up-to-date information on QA.

Chapter 5 - Ethics


Chapter 6 - Knowledge


Chapter 7 - Knowledge Application


Chapter 8 - Leadership


Chapter 9 - Relationships


Page last reviewed April 08, 2021