OTTAWA, Nov. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)
applauds Health Canada for publishing new regulations with more
prescribing authority for nurse practitioners (NPs), midwives and
"CNA welcomes this development, a milestone for NPs and the patients
they care for," said Barb Mildon, CNA president. "With these new
regulations in place, NPs can provide Canadians with the advanced level
of care that is in keeping with their expanded education and skills."
Current legislation and regulation authorize NPs to independently
diagnose and treat health conditions but limit prescribing authority.
The new regulations will allow NPs in all jurisdictions (except the
Yukon) to prescribe controlled substances under the federal Controlled Drug and Substances Act, which will enable them to provide more timely and comprehensive care
NPs are registered nurses with additional education, advanced knowledge
and nursing experience, who work collaboratively with other nursing
colleagues and health-care providers. In addition to prescribing
medication, they deliver and coordinate high-quality care, order tests,
and diagnose and manage chronic illnesses. In B.C., Alberta and
Ontario, NPs also have authority to admit and discharge patients in
hospitals and other facilities.
There are more than 3,000 NPs in Canada. The Yukon is the only
jurisdiction that does not license NPs, but the territory has
introduced legislation to include them among its region's health-care
providers. This legislation is expected to be tabled later this month.
To read Health Canada's complete regulations, visit: Canada Gazette — New Classes of Practitioners Regulations. For information about CNA's NP campaign visit www.npnow.ca
The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is the national professional voice
of registered nurses in Canada. A federation of 11 provincial and
territorial nursing associations and colleges representing 146,788
registered nurses, CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing
to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada's publicly funded
not-for-profit health system.
SOURCE: CANADIAN NURSES ASSOCIATION
For further information:
Kate Headley, External Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Telephone: 613-237-2159, ext. 561