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Upcoming Changes to Practice Support Program

posted June 25, 2014

Over the last few years we reviewed a number of our programs to make sure they line up with the responsibilities of a regulator. Early this year the College consulted with a variety of stakeholders to discuss our Practice Support Program.

Support for nursing practice is important to our quality assurance objective and public protection mandate. Along with professional associations, educational institutions, employers, and workplace educators we too provide supports for nursing practice. It is our responsibility, however, to develop and deliver practice supports that uphold our regulatory mandate. The things we must address are:

  • Protection of the public
  • Our legal authority to require registered nurses to do certain things and to hold them accountable
  • Setting professional, practice, and scope standards and defining how they can be applied in a way to successfully integrate them into practice
  • Ensuring a lifetime of professional competence

Our recent consultations with staff and other stakeholders, as detailed in the report below, revealed both strengths and gaps in our Practice Support Program areas:

  • Professional Support Program
  • Student Representative Program
  • Practice Consultation Service
  • Site specific and in person workshops
  • Structured learning events
  • Web-based resources

Stakeholders gave us important feedback and over the coming weeks you will see changes and enhancements to our regulatory-based Practice Support Program. We are using the following principles to guide us:

  • Our health authorities are key partners. We will collaborate with them to ensure that we are able to partner in the application and implementation of the Standards of Practice.
  • While we recognize the uniqueness of local needs, the practice advice we provide needs to be consistent across the regions in our province
  • Organizations working in health care face resource challenges and we need to pay attention to how we can work at the systems level to promote change and leverage resources through partnerships and by learning from the success and challenges of others
  • Measuring and evaluating our work is central to determining the effectiveness of the practice supports provided.

We are committed to informing you of the changes we make as a result of the findings in this report. Please contact Christine Penney, Deputy Registrar/Director Policy, Practice, and Quality Assurance, at if you have questions.

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