Nursing In Canada

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Registered Psychiatric Nurses - 01 Mar 2014 20:19


Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) participate as members of interdisciplinary health care teams in providing holistic care to client groups in the context of mental and developmental health services. Psychiatric Nursing promotes the restoration of client health and wellness through health promotion initiatives that are evidence based. RPNs practice at all levels of prevention, including primary, secondary, and tertiary health care services across the life span.

RPNs practice psychiatric nursing in a variety of health care contexts viewing clients as individuals, groups, aggregates, families and communities. These include mental health centres, emergency psychiatric services (emergency rooms and mobile crisis), psychiatric assessment and treatment units of general hospitals, palliative and hospice care facilities, addiction treatment facilities, intermediate and long term care facilities, correctional services, forensic services (in-patient and community-based care), community mental health services (as mental health therapists and assertive case managers), independent practice and within First Nations communities.

Key issues facing Registered Psychiatric Nurses include:

Under-utilization of psychiatric nursing knowledge and skills (competency) in some clinical practice environments
Lack of effective, long-term strategy for Canadian nursing
Lack of effective, long-term strategy for mental health services
Access to graduate education programs in psychiatric nursing - Comments: 0

Registered Nurses - 01 Mar 2014 20:19


Through their legislated scope, RNs are authorized to practice autonomously regardless of the complexity of the client's/clients' condition(s) or the predictability of the outcomes of care. RNs are diversified health care workers, able to provide care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations of all ages and levels of health. RNs provide client care across the continuum of health promotion, disease prevention, treatment, support and rehabilitation and palliative care.

Registered nurses are the largest group of nursing care providers in the country, comprising more than three-quarters of the regulated nursing workforce in Canada.

Because of their comprehensive knowledge base, commitment to formalized lifelong learning and understanding of both system and client characteristics, the number and variety of RN roles and dimensions is unlimited, both now and in the future. The RN practice domains of practitioner, educator, administrator and researcher are those most commonly identified.

RNs may also obtain further education and work in advanced practice roles such as Palliative Care Consultant, Diabetes Educator Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner. In Community Health Centres, areas where physicians are in short supply, or in isolated rural or northern communities, RNs are often the client's first contact with the health care system and/or the sole health care provider.

Key issues facing Registered Nurses include:

Limited number of full time work opportunities
Lack of effective, long-term, overarching plan for future supply of nurses
Changes in medical/information technology - Comments: 0

Licenced Practical Nurses - 01 Mar 2014 20:18


Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are regulated health care professionals who work in partnership with other members of the health care team to provide nursing services to individuals, families and groups of all ages. Licensed Practical Nurses combine nursing knowledge, skill and judgment when treating health conditions, promoting health, preventing illness and assisting clients to achieve an optimal state of health. They assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for clients throughout the lifecycle as disease progresses and through palliative stages.

LPNs practice in a variety of settings and contexts including hospitals, homes for the aged, nursing homes, public health units, community nursing agencies, private agencies, adult day care centers, clinics, private practices, industry, schools, child care centres and children's camps.

Key issues facing Licensed Practical Nurses include:

Limited number of full time work opportunities
Under-utilization of the Licensed Practical Nurses' knowledge and skills
Lack of effective, long-term, overarching plan for Canadian nursing
Entrepreneurial nursing
Changes in medical/information technology
Artificial barriers to practice - Comments: 0

About Nursing In Canada - 01 Mar 2014 20:09


Welcome to my blog all about nursing in Canada!

Nurses (Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Registered Psychiatric Nurses) represent one-third of all health care professionals in Canada; without them, we wouldn't have a health care system.

As an RN working in Ottawa, Ontario I wanted to create a place to talk about nursing and the challenges we face on a daily basis. - Comments: 0

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