Nursing practice is the performance or coordination of health care services. It encompasses all nurses do, how they do it, what is required of them, and their scope of practice.
RN Scope of Practice
Scope of practice includes the range of services and activities that RNs are educated and authorized to perform under the terms of their professional license.
An RNs scope of practice is outlined in the Registered Nurses Act, 1988, and further defined in the CRNS’s Interpretation of the RN Scope of Practice (2015). This includes key competencies including Education, Leadership & Professionalism, Coordination of Care, Collaboration, etc. Depending on their level of education, each RN has an individual scope of practice. They are also bound by the scope laid out by their employer.
RN Role Clarity
Role clarity is the application of the scope of practice to the delivery of nursing care in the workplace.
The scope of RN practice is broad and RNs practice in many different employment settings. To meet the health care needs of the public, RNs are continually evolving their practice and working in collaboration with other stakeholders to develop additional authorized practice, specialty practices, RN prescribing, and delegation from a physician to an RN. Role clarity is the application of the practice of nursing in specific workplace contexts.
Nursing Practice Consultation
Do you have a question for an RN about nursing practice or nursing in general?
The College of Registered Nurses of Saskatchewan has a team of Nursing Advisors dedicated to answering questions from Registered Nurses and Registered Nurse Practitioners about specific areas of their practice.
Nursing Practice Resources
The CRNS establishes a minimum level of competence for all RN practice areas and communicates these competencies via its standards and competency documents.
Resources provided here provide further details on what is expected in all three practice categories of Registered Nurses in Saskatchewan, including RNs, RN(AAP)s, NPs.These documents provide recommendations for practice and give direction for specific areas of practice. These standards represent the criteria against which all registered nurses are measured.
The CRNS provides RNs with on-demand, online educational opportunities on a variety of nursing practice topics.
The CRNS is committed to providing its members with continuing education opportunities and educational resources that they can add into their annual learning plans and access when they need them. These include on-demand resources such as recorded webinars and presentations, as well as a live webinar series presented once a week and archived for later viewing.
Nursing Practice Updates
The CRNS is pleased to provide the latest news and updates on the practice of nursing in Saskatchewan.
CRNS Members can count on the CRNS to provide up-to-date news about anything that has an impact on the practice of nursing in Saskatchewan. This includes changes to legislation, updates to CRNS bylaws, and the introduction of new standards and guidelines.
The CRNS prides itself on providing its members with a robust and diverse community both within and outside of the workplace.
CRNS members have the opportunity to participate in a variety of initiatives in the nursing community that will enhance their nursing practice. These opportunities include: volunteering as a CRNS Liaison or Mentor, starting or participating in a Professional Practice Group, or getting involved with the CRNS Council, focus groups or committees.