Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq joined by June Webber, RN, PhD, Director of Policy and Leadership, Canadian Nurses Association (left) and Barb Mildon, RN, PhD, CHE, CCHN(C), President , Canadian Nurses ...
Committed to working with partners to improve access to care
OTTAWA, Nov. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Today the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of Health applauded registered nurses (RNs) while attending
the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Annual Hill Day for the vital
contributions they make to the health of Canadians.
"We want to express our appreciation for the dedication of nurses as
professionals, and advocates of health promotion and education," said
Minister Aglukkaq. "Improving health care requires partnerships. Our
government is committed to strengthening Canada's health system by
working with registered nurses and other health-care professionals."
"Registered nurses are leading important transformations in Canada's
health-care system," said Barb Mildon, CNA President. "Those closest to
the issues must be a part of informing the solutions. We welcome and
appreciate the opportunity to meet with our country's leaders and to
work together at supporting a strong health-care system and the best
health for Canadians."
The Minister and leadership from CNA took the opportunity to discuss
what role registered nurses can play in limiting prescription drug
abuse. The federal government announced recently its desire to bring
together players from different levels of government and health
practitioners to discuss a national approach to tackling this growing
issue. There was agreement that feedback from the CNA would be very
helpful to this process.
On November 21, the Government of Canada demonstrated its continued
commitment to working with its partners to improve the health-care
system by publishing regulations that provide authority to new classes
of practitioners to prescribe, administer and provide medications when
authorized by provincial or territorial legislation.
"These new regulations will improve the flexibility of our health-care
system by allowing more practitioners across the country to provide
needed care to patients," Minister Aglukkaq said.
"More prescribing authority for nurse practitioners is a milestone
development for our profession and the patients they care for," said
Barb Mildon, CNA president. "The new regulations are important because
they recognize the advanced education and skills that enable nurse
practitioners to deliver more comprehensive care, which in turn helps
Canadians gain timely access to health care that is wholly focused on
their individual needs."
The New Classes of Practitioners Regulations designate midwives, nurse practitioners and podiatrists as
practitioners under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and allow them to prescribe, administer and provide certain controlled
substances if they are already authorized to do so under their
respective scopes of practice set out in provincial and territorial
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Image with caption: "Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq joined by June Webber, RN, PhD, Director of Policy and Leadership, Canadian Nurses Association (left) and Barb Mildon, RN, PhD, CHE, CCHN(C), President , Canadian Nurses Association (right). (CNW Group/Health Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121127_C3956_PHOTO_EN_21283.jpg
SOURCE: Health Canada
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