Professional Practice Education Sessions

The College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia, working with registered nurses and the public, regulates the profession of nursing to promote excellence in nursing practice. As the regulatory body for registered nurses, CRNNS establishes practice, ethical, and education standards for nursing in Nova Scotia. The College pursues policy initiatives, programs, and services that shape regulatory nursing practice, and advance and promote the practice of nursing in the public interest. The College does not have programs or policies related to member self-interest or member advocacy.

Average sessions are two hours in length unless otherwise stated. If you are interested in a full professional education day you may choose a combination of offerings or discuss your needs with a Professional Practice Consultant.

Education session dates, times, and locations are negotiated on an individual basis between College staff and healthcare organizations. If you are interested in one of our sessions, please contact the nurse educator or manager within your facility.

We encourage collaboration with other facilities when appropriate to enhance our efficiency and our ability to provide sessions to all who request them. You may wish to consider partnership with organizations in your district so that others may take advantage of educational opportunities offered in your area.

To book an education session please contact: Darlene Martin, Professional Practice, Policy and Legislative Services at or 902.491.9744 ext. 224

Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses & Code of Ethics

  • Define the term, “nursing standard”
  • Identify the need for nursing standards
  • Relate the pyramid of nursing standards to individual professional practice
  • Describe the Standards for Nursing Practice as they relate to self-regulation
  • Identify the assumptions that are the basis for the Standards for Nursing Practice
  • Illustrate how the six standards relate to individual professional practice
  • Demonstrate how the Standards for Nursing Practice apply to case studies and/or group examples
  • Explain the purposes of documentation
  • Describe the professional principles of documentation
  • Identify how legal principles, policies, and legislation all impact nursing documentation
  • Examine the impact of technology on documentation
  • Review different documentation systems and tools
Collaborative Practice (3 hours in length)
Provided in collaboration with CLPNNS.
  • Identify the accountabilities of the registered nurse when working within collaborative teams
  • Describe the RN scope of practice and how the RN contributes to enhanced patient care within collaborative team settings
  • With the use of case examples, explore strategies to support collaboration and cooperation to ensure safe and competent client care
Optimized Scope of Practice for RNs (4 hour workshop)
At the completion of this workshop you will be able to examine your individual scope of practice within your current role as a registered nurse in order to identify what is or could be your full scope of practice.

Social Media
  • Identify benefits and risks
  • Discuss regulatory implications
  • Discuss workplace implications
  • Describe recommendations for appropriate use
Duty to Provide Care
  • Describe situations that prompt questions about the right to refuse assignments or discontinue care to clients that create ethical dilemmas for nurses
  • Identify the relevant practice standards, legislation, and professional and ethical accountabilities that impact ethical decision-making
  • Explain the decision-making process when faced with situations in which a nurse is considering refusing an assignment or discontinuing services
  • Identify a shared responsibility to create environments that support quality practice
Professional Boundaries
  • Identify the expectations for the professional behaviour of the registered nurse in nurse-client relationships
  • Describe the framework within which the registered nurse can reflect on his/her actions
  • Determine what constitutes appropriate behaviour
Resolving Professional Practice Issues
  • Define the term “professional practice issue”
  • Explain each step of the framework for decision-making
  • Resolve an example professional practice issue (case study) by utilizing the framework
Problematic Substance Use
  • Define “problematic substance use” as it relates to registered nurses
  • Explain the importance of taking steps to address issues of potential problematic substance use in colleagues
  • Identify indicators of potential problematic substance use in colleagues
  • Describe how to address issues of potential problematic substance use in colleagues

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