Practice Support Tools Vision for Future

One of the core areas of our work is supporting you to meet your standards of practice and code of ethics. We do this in part by developing and sharing practice support tools, previously known as resources, publications and documents. Our practice support tools include a variety of print, electronic and learning resources intended to provide you with practice advice so that you are prepared to provide safe and competent care to the public. 

Available Tools

Over the past two years, our staff from the former College of Licensed Practical Nurses and College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia have worked together to create new practice support tools inclusive of all nurses when it made sense to do so. They also continued to develop new tools in consultation with nurses and others. 

Currently, there are 24 individual practice support tools available on the website. These tools were re-developed and published based on those that were most frequently accessed by nurses and others.

Click here for a list of the current practice support tools available

Tools with a Disclaimer

You may notice that some of the tools include a disclaimer. This is because it takes time to fully re-develop each tool, which includes the writing, consultation and design processes. 

As a result, you may notice that some tools have a disclaimer. This is because we determined that some tools needed to be readily available on the website immediately even if they had not been fully re-developed. When you open some tools, you may notice the following: 

As of June 4 2019, the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) was formed to regulate licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) on behalf of the public, replacing the former College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) and College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) (the “legacy Colleges”). 

Although the information in this document reflects our most current information about this topic, you will notice the content refers to the previous relevant legislation and the legacy nursing College that published this document prior to June 4, 2019.

We appreciate your patience while we work towards updating all of our documents to reflect our new name, legislation and brand. 

As a new organization and team, we can share that re-developing these tools are our first priority. 

Tools Under Construction

You may also notice that some tools are not available. These tools are under review and will be either re-developed in some way or removed if we determine that they are no longer relevant or fit within our regulatory mandate. We expect this process to take the rest of the year and we thank you for your patience during our transition as the Nova Scotia College of Nursing. If you need direction or cannot find specific information on the website, email us at

Vision for the Future 

With our new mandate of regulating all nurses in Nova Scotia, we are excited to continue sharing practice support tools inclusive of all designations of nurses. In the future, you can expect that new practice support tools will be revised or created using a unified approach. This means sharing topic-specific information related to all nurses and then branching out to speak to each specific designation about how the topic relates to their legislative scope of practice. 

We are working on a new style guide to make our tools more consistent and user-friendly and we will also continue to consult on the development of practice support tools. Our new website will help you remain involved in this work, thanks to our new public consultation forum. This forum gives you the opportunity to provide feedback on upcoming practice support tools, policy changes and more. Click here if you want to sign up to receive emails about upcoming consultation opportunities

Have a Question?

If you have a question about any of our practice support tools, either currently available or under review, please contact us at We also encourage you to reach out to us if you have a question or need advice about your practice