The NP Toolkit is an online source of information relating to NP practice in Nova Scotia for practising NPs, employers and other health team members. The toolkit is currently under revision and will return to the website in the near future.
In the meantime, there are two important changes with the new Nursing Act that all NPs need to know.
Collaboration is Key
While you are no longer required to submit an NP Population and Setting Verification Form prior to starting your practice, you are required to meet your standards of practice in order to be eligible to practise nursing. This includes continuing to establish collaborative relationships with other health professionals as well as communicating with the most appropriate health professional(s) for consultation or referral when the client’s health care needs go beyond your individual or regulated scope of practice or when another professional’s expertise is required. As always, you are expected to continue working in a collaborative manner that best serve your client’s needs
Changing Client Population
Additionally, there is a new definition for “change of client population”. We now define a change of population to be: moving from the client group that you are formerly educated and have passed the exam to a client group where you have not been educated or passed the exam. This means that you are no longer not required to report if you are moving to a different practice setting if it is within the same stream of practice (e.g. a Family/All Ages NP who moves from a community clinic to an acute care facility) . This type of client population change will be managed through your employer orientation to the new position.
If you who wish to provide care to a client population and you have not completed education or an approved licensure exam (e.g. adult or pediatrics to Family/All Ages), you will be required to report this change to the Registration and Licensing Committee. This committee will review the application and may determine what, if any, additional education and exam is required in order for you to move to the new client population.