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Accountability & responsibility 

Can you answer clients' tough questions?

BoundariesRachel, a public health nurse, often runs immunization clinics for infants and children. Lately, she's been asked a lot of tough questions about vaccines and their side-effects.

She's also had long discussions with parents who are considering whether or not to immunize their child. How should she be answering these questions?

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Scope of practice

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Do I need to be CRNBC-certified to carry out pelvic exams and Pap smears?

Answer

No, carrying out pelvic exams and Pap smears is within the scope for practice for all RNs.

If you’re carrying out these activities, you’ll need to meet the Standards for Acting without An Order (p. 13). This includes making sure you have the necessary competencies and follow the DSTs established by the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) (p. 21).

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