Referral-Consultation Process for Nurse Practitioners

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) has recently released a Guideline: Referral-Consultation Process. The guideline includes guidance for physicians who are writing referrals and consultation reports. Nurse Practitioners (NP) are included as care providers within the document. Expectations for communication to/from consulting physicians are important for NPs to know, understand and implement into their practice.

NP practice standards set the expectation for NPs to understand the roles of, and collaborate with, other health care providers to support optimal client outcomes (CRNS, 2017). Section four of the guideline outlines the expectations of referring physicians. The CRNS supports the information in this section and expects NPs to follow these guidelines when referring a patient to a specialist.

If you have any questions, please contact an CRNS Practice Advisor by phone at 1.800.667.9945 or 306.359.4227 or by email


College of Registered Nurses of Saskatchewan (CRNS). (2017). Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) Practice Standards. Retrieved from

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