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Standards and guidelines replaced with updated resources

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) has replaced two practice standards and six guidelines to make room for updated resources to better serve practicing nurses. The standards and guidelines to be replaced include:


  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Restraints


  • Complementary Therapies
  • Culturally Sensitive Care
  • Disagreeing with the Plan of Care
  • Influenza Vaccinations
  • Preparing for Influenza Pandemic
  • Supporting Learners


Standards and guidelines are expected to be long-standing documents that are broadly applicable and not greatly impacted by emerging science and legislation. After a thorough review, we found that the standards and guidelines did not reflect the best available evidence and current legislation. As well, the key principles in these documents are also found in other existing CNO resources, such as Professional Standards, Revised 2002 and Decisions About Procedures and Authority, Ethics and Consent.

As a curator of excellence, CNO is in an ideal position to gather and highlight the best sources of information to guide nurses in their practice. As a result, we are providing a series of new resources, including FAQs and case scenarios to guide nurses in each area.  To access these resources go to the Educational Tools and Ask Practice sections of our website.

Page last reviewed December 19, 2018