The 2022 Bylaws package was presented to registrants for their approval at the annual meeting on May 5, 2022. All proposed bylaw amendments were approved which allowed CRNS to follow the established government processes for finalizing the bylaws. Administrative bylaws were filed with the Information Services Corporation (ISC) following the annual meeting and we received written approval from them on May 31, 2022. Regulatory bylaws were submitted to the Ministry of Health for Ministerial approval in June. These bylaws were approved and published in the September 9, 2022, Saskatchewan Gazette which brings them into force and effect.
What this means for registrants is that the 2022 Bylaws are being updated and are now posted on the CRNS website for review. On November 1, 2022, all registrants will be required to comply with these bylaws. Some of the key regulatory bylaw amendments are listed below:
- Continuing Competence Program (CCP) requirements for the revised program will be implemented for the upcoming 2023 registration year which begins on December 1, 2022. The new requirements have been outlined in Bylaw V.1 Continuing Competence.
- To fulfill the CRNS mandate of protection of the public, all practicing members in every category must report to the Registrar by email or phone, as soon as is reasonably practical, a charge under the Criminal Code (Canada), the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada) or any similar legislation in any province, territory, state, or country, or any charge concerning the practice of nursing or another profession in any jurisdiction. This amendment can be found in Bylaw VI Membership.
- Bylaw VI Categories of Practice, Section 3 Nurse Practitioner Category contains a change for NP practice. It enables NPs to order or request medical imaging involving the application or detection of forms of energy for diagnostic and screening purposes and to receive and interpret reports, or to perform ultrasound imaging for the sole purpose of point of care diagnostic assistance when it is in the best interest of the client, in accordance with their practice standards and code of ethics, when they have the competence and judgment to safely do so, when it is in alignment with best practice evidence and when agency policy permits. This is an important amendment that facilitates increased access to timely care for the residents of Saskatchewan.
- Another bylaw that impacts NPs directly is Bylaw VI Categories of Practice, Section 4 Prescription Review Program as the language has been updated to reflect current best practices on providing prescriptions directly to a pharmacy.
- A new section was added to Bylaw VI Categories of Practice, Section 5 Resignation on Medical or Other Grounds. This bylaw essentially allows a CRNS registrant who identifies that their fitness to practice is significantly impacted by the effects of a physical or mental disability and choose to resign from practice to protect the safety of patients. The bylaw outlines the conditions of this process.
- Bylaw XV adopts the recently published RN with Additional Authorized [RN(AAP)] Practice Standards as the standards required of registered nurses practicing with Additional Authorized Practice, so this will be of special interest to RN(AAP)s and managers or interdisciplinary colleagues of RN(AAPs). The 2022 RN(AAP) Practice Standards will be posted online in the upcoming weeks.
Some of the key administrative bylaw amendments are listed below:
- The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) officially changed their membership structure at their 2021 annual meeting and this was implemented on January 1, 2022. Jurisdictional Membership will not exist going forward. Instead of organizations representing nurses as members, individual nurses will obtain their own memberships. Therefore, Bylaw I, Section 6 and Bylaw VII Fees, Sections 3 and 4 have all been updated to reflect this. This is important for registrants to be aware of because CRNS will no longer be collecting CNA fees during license renewal. Should registrants wish to be CNA members, they can do so independently by following this link.
- Bylaw VII Fees also contains wording regarding fees for practicing registrants currently licensed in a jurisdiction whose nursing regulatory body has signed a multijurisdictional agreement with the council to provide virtual care in Saskatchewan.
Should you have questions regarding the 2022 Bylaws, contact a Nursing Practice Advisor by email at email@example.com or by phone at 1.800.667.9945.