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Legislation is law which has been enacted by a legislature or other governing body. In Nova Scotia, the RN Act and the Regulations are the legislation and form the basis for all College policies. The College By-Laws are brought about or enforced by legislation.
A policy statement is a written document in a variety of formats that directs professional practice by outlining the accountabilities, responsibilities and circumstances with which a registered nurse in Nova Scotia must comply in order to adhere to nursing legislation, regulations or bylaws and be consistent with the mandate/ends of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia
A policy statement:
- Directs professional practice
- Is non-negotiable
- Prescribes limits and assigns responsibilities
- Is realistic and achievable
- Is clear/concise
- Is based on evidence, best practice and/or bench-marking
- Includes references or bibliography
A position statement is a document reflecting the position taken by the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia that highlights the College's interpretation, stand or view on a particular nursing or health care issue or trend and/or external stakeholder policy. A position paper is used to influence nursing, health policy or the health of Nova Scotians, may be future oriented and may or may not include recommendations.
A position statement:
- Reflects the vision, mission and values of the College
- Reflects the College's stand on a particular issue, trend, health/public policy
- May contain recommendations
- Is based on evidence or best practice
- Provides background information
- May include facts, figures
- May include views of the nursing community, if applicable
- Includes references/bibliography
A discussion paper is a comprehensive paper used to analyze an issue in nursing or health care with the aim to inform future direction and next steps
A discussion paper:
- Is broad
- Presents a balanced view, if possible
- Describes stakeholder input, if applicable
- Provides a comprehensive review of stakeholder documents and the related academic literature
Professional Practice Guidelines
Guidelines are information intended to provide guidance, instruction and direction to make informed decisions. Guidelines support professional judgment and permit flexible decision-making in practice.
- Provides advice, instructions, directions
- Contains written principles that guide actions
- Supports professional judgment
- Permits flexible decision-making
- Encourages professional judgment
- May provide direction for policy development
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