Fall 2018 College Reporter

Get Involved in Your Profession: Call for LPNs to Assist with Program Approval

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) is mandated to protect the public through the regulation of licensed practical nurses (LPNs). One important way CLPNNS meets its mandate of public safety is by approving practical nurse education programs. Currently CLPNNS is seeking LPNs to join the 2019 CLPNNS program review teams. Keep reading to find out more about this exciting opportunity to participate in the regulation for your profession.

The Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) practical nursing program will undergo program approval processes in 2019. These programs must meet education standards approved by the CLPNNS Board to ensure that graduates are prepared to practice safely and in a way that is consistent with the Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics and Entry-Level Competencies.

At this time, CLPNNS is requiring two active-practising LPNs in good standing who are familiar with the program approval process. LPNs who express an interest in joining the program review teams will be oriented to their role including their review program documents, the process for the onsite program review and contribution to the final report for CLPNNS. An honorarium is provided and related travel, accommodation and meal expenses are covered.

The specific dates for the scheduled visits, over a two to three-day period, will be arranged between CLPNNS and the programs being reviewed. The exact dates for the 2019 reviews (one in late January and another in late April) will be confirmed soon.

Next Steps

Participating in the activities of the College is an important element of being a self-regulated professional. If this opportunity interests you, please submit your expression of interest through a covering letter and a current CV to Paula Prendergast at paula@clpnns.ca.

The deadline to apply is Friday,December 21, 2018.

New Purpose, Mission, Vision and Values to Guide One Nursing Regulator

As part of the journey to create one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) and the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) have reached an important milestone by setting the purpose, mission, vision and values of the new organization.

It is important to the boards and leadership of each College that these new forward-facing statements reflect the mandate and commitment of one nursing regulator and that they allow the new organization to remain current, relevant and nimble over time.

Why is setting the new organization’s purpose, mission, vision and values important? Essentially, these guiding statements will act as one nursing regulator’s ‘north star’. They will help to guide, unify and lay the foundation of success for the new organization that is reflective of its stakeholders and goals as one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia.

Want a sneak peek of what’s to come? Click below to read the purpose, mission, vision and values for one nursing regulator. If you have any questions, please reach out to info@formationteam.ca.

Click here to learn more.

New Legislation: What You Need to Know About Cannabis

Coinciding with the Government of Canada’s national legalization of cannabis, the Cannabis Act and Cannabis Regulations came into force on October 17, 2018 which governs the use of both recreational and medical cannabis. As a result of these changes, we updated the Caring for Clients Authorized to Use Medical Cannabis Practice Guideline and Cannabis: Questions and Answers.

There are two important changes for nurses based on this legislation. The legislation clarifies the role of the nurse in administering cannabis and authorizes all nurses, including those working in home care settings, to possess for the purpose of administration and to directly administer medical cannabis to clients who have authorization to use it.

Click the links below to read these revised regulatory documents and to review your regulatory accountabilities related to both recreational and medical cannabis:

In addition, refer to your employer policy regarding administration of medical cannabis in your practice setting.

Have A Question?

If you have any other cannabis questions, please reach out to a CLPNNS Professional Practice Consultant at PracticeConsultant@clpnns.ca.

FAQ: Can I Refuse to Float to Other Nursing Units?

When our unit census is low I am required to float to other nursing units. What can I do to ensure clients receive safe care? Can I refuse to float?

Floating to other units to support the delivery of services is a common practice, which can lead to anxiety. When you are assigned to float to another area, it is important to consider the following points:

  • Typically, nurses are hired by an organization and not a specific unit. As a result, you have a contractual obligation to provide care to clients within the organization; this is not limited to the unit where you are generally assigned.
  • The standards of practice and code of ethics apply to nurses in all practice settings including when you may be re-assigned to float to an unfamiliar unit.
  • Nurses are accountable to meet their standards of practice by providing safe, competent and compassionate care at all times, regardless of practice setting.

Can I refuse?

The refusal of an assignment in an unfamiliar practice setting is only justified when the risk of harm to a client is greater by accepting the assignment than by refusing it. If you choose to refuse an assignment for any reason, you must inform your employer of the reason for refusal, document the decision-making process and provide the employer with enough time to find a suitable replacement. For more information on refusing assignment see the following documents:

Rather than refusing an assignment due to a perceived lack of competence, you should negotiate the work assignment with your manager. This should be based on your individual scope of practice and your competencies. Every nurse has many entry-level competencies (e.g., carrying out client assessments, taking vital signs, assisting clients in activities of daily living) that can be used any practice setting.

Working to your scope of practice

Accepting the assignment to float does not mean you are obligated to practice beyond your level of competence. Nurses must not work outside of their scope of practice or independently engage in client care if they do not have the competencies to do so. Nurses have an obligation to inform employers when they are asked to deliver care beyond their level of competence or individual scope of nursing practice. You must recognize when you have passed the limits of your knowledge, skills and/or judgment. In addition, you must know when and where to request assistance or additional support.

If you are asked to float to a clinical area that is unfamiliar to you, it is recommended that you follow these steps:

  •  Ask the charge nurse or an experienced nurse for a brief orientation to the physical layout of the unit
  • Meet with the charge nurse to discuss your assignment. Inform the charge nurse of the care that you are competent to perform and care that you do not have the knowledge or skill to perform. You should then collaboratively develop a plan for the shift.
  • Request an experienced nurse to be partnered with you for the shift.
  • Establish a plan for regular communication with the charge nurse and/or partnered nurse.

If you have any other questions about floating or another area of practice, please reach out to a CLPNNS Professional Practice Consultant at PracticeConsultant@clpnns.ca.

Friendly Reminder: CLPNNS is Moving to Bedford

On the journey to co-create one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) and the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) have reached an important milestone. As we shared on November 27, CLPNNS and CRNNS are excited to announce that in the spirit of one nursing regulator, both Colleges will be relocating in December to a new shared office in Bedford West as a way to maximize efficiencies and to reduce the operational costs associated with maintaining two offices. Click the button below to find out more about why we are moving, where we are moving and what to expect as we relocate from one office to another.

Click here to learn more.

Sue Smith Named Transition Executive Director of CLPNNS

The Board and staff of CLPNNS are pleased to welcome Sue Smith as the Transition Executive Director and Registrar of CLPNNS. Sue, also CEO and Registrar of CRNNS, was appointed by the CLPNNS Board to replace Ann Mann after her planned retirement as Executive Director. Sue brings to this dual role consistency in the co-creation of one nursing regulator, intimate knowledge of the governance and operations of each College and a wealth of expertise in the world of nursing regulation in Nova Scotia and Canada. Sue has already hit the ground running in her new capacity and will divide her time between the two College offices until the joint team move into their new Bedford location in mid-December.

Miss the announcement on November 27? Click here to read it.

First Look at Regulation Concepts

The work to co-create one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia is ongoing and there continues to be new and unique ways for you to get involved and help shape how the new one nursing regulator will operate in the interest of the Nova Scotian public.

The Board of CLPNNS and the Council of CRNNS are excited to share with stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on the concepts being proposed for inclusion in the initial regulations that we believe will be required under the new Act for one nursing regulator. Feedback received from stakeholders as part of this consultation will be used to assist us in submitting draft regulations to government for review and approval.

As an important stakeholder in this process, we are seeking your feedback on regulation concepts related to:

  • How new Board members will be selected and the length of a Board term
  • How the new College will seek candidates for the public representative positions on the Board and regulatory committees
  • Authority of the Practice Review Committee and the obligations of nurses who are subject to a practice review
  • Authority and processes for the Reinstatement Committee
  • Procedures for processing and addressing settlement agreements

This is your chance for input into these areas and we thank you in advance for your participation. Please note the survey will take no more than 20 minutes to complete and is available until December 20, 2018. If you have any questions, please email info@formationteam.ca.

Click here to start the survey.

If you are unable to access the survey at your workplace, please use the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/onr_consult at a computer outside of your workplace network.

Holiday Hours

The CLPNNS office will be physically closed between December 24-28, the afternoon of December 31 and on January 1. Staff will be working virtually during the morning of December 24 and on December 27-28 and any requests of an urgent nature will be addressed as soon as possible. The physical office will be open the morning of December 31 and in the new year starting on January 2. Happy holidays and all the best in 2019.

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