Closed Public Consultations

NSCN Quality Assurance Program

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The Quality Assurance Program is a regulatory program that will be replacing the previous Continuing Competence Program and Nurse Practitioner Quality Monitoring and Improvement Program.
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NSCN is introducing new Entry-Level Competencies (ELCs) for Licensed Practical Nurses on January 1 2022. NSCN must amend By-Law Part VII, Section 28 (7): Code of Ethics, Standards and Competencies to adopt the new ELCs in Nova Scotia.
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NSCN is introducing revised Standards of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses on January 1, 2022. NSCN must amend By-Law Part VII, Section 28 (4): Code of Ethics, Standards and Competencies to adopt the revised standards of practice in Nova Scotia.
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The NSCN Board is seeking feedback on the proposed amendments to the by-laws for the Annual Meeting process, and additional housekeeping changes to other sections of the by-laws.
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NSCN has developed draft By-Laws that govern the election of registrants to the Board. This includes board size and composition, election process, eligibility pool for nominations, voting eligibility, chair and vice-chair elections, and more. 
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The Nursing Scope of Practice Guideline provides information for all nurses regarding their professional scope of practice, individual scope of practice and scope of employment.
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The Fitness to Practice and Incapacity Practice Guideline provides information for nurses regarding fitness to practice and incapacity, the fitness to practice process and professional obligations related to incapacity and fitness to practice.
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NSCN is introducing the 2020 Entry-level Competencies of Practice for Registered Nurses on Sept 1, 2020. NSCN must amend By-Law Part VII, Section 28 (8): Code of Ethics, Standards and Competencies in order to adopt the new competencies in Nova Scotia
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In consultation with stakeholders, we have developed a draft of the sexual misconduct standard for nurses. Join the conversation by reviewing and providing feedback on the draft standard as well as a draft policy and by-law.
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The Wound Care Position Statement examines NSCN's view point on the role of the nurse in the prevention and management of wounds related to scope of practice, the nursing care plan and collaboration
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The Assessing Competencies and Risk Practice Guideline provides information to help newly graduated nurses understand how to recognize and minimize risk.
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The New Graduate as Leader Practice Guideline provides information to help newly graduated nurses understand strategies to work through when asked to take on Charge Nurse role and restrictions on the Charge Nurse role when holding a conditional licence.
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The Nurses Who Provide Care to Clients Receiving Aesthetic Services Q&A provides information for nurses regarding their scope of practice, educational requirements and their role in caring for clients receiving aesthetic services.
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The Problematic Substance Use – A Guide for Managers provides information for managers regarding how to identify problematic substance use (PSU), steps to take if PSU is suspected or reported to you and planning for returning to practice after recovery.
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The Problematic Substance Use - A Guide for Nurses provides information for nurses regarding the nurse’s role in identifying problematic substance use (PSU), steps to take if PSU is suspected and returning to practice after recovery.
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This guideline provides information to help nurses understand complementary and alternative health care therapies including acupuncture, chiropractic care, healing touch, Traditional Health practices used by Indigenous clients, yoga and more.
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We are developing a new sexual misconduct standard for all nurses that clearly and specifically defines the expectations for nurses. Join the conversation and help inform the direction and development of the new standard.
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The Medication Guidelines practice support tool provides information to help nurses understand their scope of practice relating to the medication administration process in all practice settings.
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The Resolving Professional Practice Issues Practice Guideline outlines the nurse’s role in identifying, communicating and resolving professional practice issues.
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Nurses in self-employed practice provide professional nursing services to clients in a variety of practice settings.
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Outlines the nurse’s role in using social media. Assists with understanding with regards to benefits & risks, professional presence, confidentiality & privacy, professional boundaries, organizational policies, integrity & accountability.
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The Abandonment guideline describes nurses accountabilities related to their duty to provide care and provides examples of what is and is not considered abandonment.