Reg Posting on Registered Nurse (RN) Prescribing Drugs for Certain Non-complex Conditions

Published on October 23, 2019

Under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and the Nursing Act, 1991, the College of Nurses of Ontario (College) is responsible for governing the profession of nursing in Ontario. The College is proposing amendments to Ontario Regulation 275/94 (General) made under the Nursing Act, 1991 to authorize RNs to prescribe drugs for certain non-complex conditions.


Ontario’s government recognizes that there is an opportunity to provide patients with greater access to care by enabling regulated health professionals to use their education and training more effectively and expanding their scope of practice. That is why the government is moving forward with posting the College’s proposed regulation that, if approved, would allow RN’s to prescribe certain drugs related to immunization, contraception, wound care, travel health, and smoking cessation. Expanding the scope of practise for RN, will provide alternative choice for patients with respect to whom they may visit to obtain treatment for certain non-complex conditions. 


MPP Kusendova held a nursing consultation roundtable on October 21st with Hon. Minister of Health Christine Elliott, where representatives of various nursing organizations such as RNAO, ONA and SEIU provided feedback on issues such as workplace capacity, staffing, violence, but also on scope of practice and RN prescribing. Furthermore, in early October Premier Doug Ford, Minister Elliott and MPP Kusendova met with the President of Ontario Nurses’ Association, Vicki McKenna to discuss similar issues, including scope of practice and RN prescribing. Premier Ford reaffirmed his commitment to working with Ontario’s nurses on our healthcare transformation and to continue seeking their advice and expertise.


“As a registered nurse, that still works in a local ER on a casual basis, I welcome this change. This is yet another example of how our government is expanding access to care for all Ontarians, removing unnecessary barriers and addressing hallway healthcare. RNs are autonomous healthcare providers in our province and the most trusted profession. RN prescribing has been tested in other jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom, where it has been highly successful. I look forward to taking the appropriate educational requirements and enriching my own practice with this additional new competency. This is great news for all Ontario RNs!” says MPP Kusendova. The government is committed to ensuring Ontarians have improved access to healthcare and we look forward to continuing to work alongside the College of Nurses of Ontario, the RNAO, ONA and other nursing organizations to consult on important nursing and healthcare issues in Ontario.


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