Upstream, long-term and visionary thinking
Role of RNs
Expand the Roles for RNs
- Provide base funding for expanded practice nurses such as nurse endoscopists (NE), RNs who perform flexible sigmoidoscopy and Registered Nurse First Assists (RNFAs), independent of hospital nursing budgets.
- Support Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and new and emerging roles for nurses.
- Reduce surgical wait times by investing in an additional 25 Registered Nurse First Assists each year over the government’s mandate.
- Maximize use of RNs’ knowledge, skills and experience and allow RNs to practise to full scope by amending the following legislation and regulations: Nursing Act, 1991, to authorize RNs to sell and compound drugs; Nursing Act, 1991, to authorize RNs to communicate a diagnosis, order simple x-rays of the chest, ribs, arm, wrist, hand, leg, ankle, foot, and mammograms. Nursing Act, 1991, to authorize RNs to set or cast simple bone fractures or joint dislocations.