The roles and responsibilities of Canadian health care professionals are always evolving to meet the needs of clients. Effective January 1, 2022, RN prescribing will be implemented to help improve access to health care services for Nova Scotians. RN prescribing enables RNs with specialized education and skills to prescribe medications within their specific area of expertise, practice setting and for client conditions as identified by their employer.
The RN prescriber provides care independently within the health care team and is responsible for their prescribing decisions. The RN prescriber may not be the most responsible health care provider for a client. The most responsible health care provider has the overall responsibility for directing and coordinating the care and management of the client.