College of Nurses of Ontario

College of Nurses of Ontario As the governing body for Ontario's 180,000+ nurses, we register nurses, help them maintain competence, and set and enforce practice standards.

We partner with employers, educators and government so that all Ontarians benefit from safe nursing care. The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) was founded in 1963 and is the governing body for Registered Nurses (RNs), Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in Ontario, Canada. CNO fulfils its role by:

- establishing requirements for entry to practice
- articulating and

We partner with employers, educators and government so that all Ontarians benefit from safe nursing care. The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) was founded in 1963 and is the governing body for Registered Nurses (RNs), Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in Ontario, Canada. CNO fulfils its role by:

- establishing requirements for entry to practice
- articulating and

Operating as usual

The Nurses’ Health Program offers a proven approach for helping nurses experiencing substance use or mental health disor...
10/01/2021

The Nurses’ Health Program offers a proven approach for helping nurses experiencing substance use or mental health disorders. The program offers a supportive approach that reduces stigma and focuses on recovery, while safeguarding the public. Read more: https://www.nurseshealth.ca/en
#YouAreNotAlone

The Nurses’ Health Program offers a proven approach for helping nurses experiencing substance use or mental health disorders. The program offers a supportive approach that reduces stigma and focuses on recovery, while safeguarding the public. Read more: https://www.nurseshealth.ca/en
#YouAreNotAlone

Today we recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and remember the legacy of this country's residential s...
09/30/2021
CNO observes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today we recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and remember the legacy of this country's residential school system and past and current treatment of Indigenous Peoples. Marking this important day of remembrance is one way to honour survivors, their families, and their communities. Read more about CNO’s commitment to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work — including how we’re working to meet the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Today, on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we remember the legacy of this country's residential school system and honour the survivors, their families and their communities.

Our quarterly Council meeting is tomorrow! We’ll be live streaming the meeting on YouTube starting at 9 a.m. if you’d li...
09/29/2021
Council Meetings

Our quarterly Council meeting is tomorrow! We’ll be live streaming the meeting on YouTube starting at 9 a.m. if you’d like to tune in. We’ll also be live tweeting the meeting if you’d like to join the conversation over on Twitter. Check out the agenda and the link to the live stream here.

On June 3, CNO's Council did not yet have the number of public members required to be fully constituted. As a result, Council discussed agenda items, but did not approve regulations or by-laws.

Have you heard? We’re retiring the current myQA online portal and developing something new to better support your ongoin...
09/28/2021
We're retiring myQA! Save your Learning Plans now - CNO - The Standard - September 2021;

Have you heard? We’re retiring the current myQA online portal and developing something new to better support your ongoing professional development. Before we say goodbye to myQA, download and save any Learning Plans and Practice Reflection Worksheets you have in the portal before Monday, Nov. 15, 2021.

As part of our ongoing work to enhance the Quality Assurance (QA) Program, we're retiring the myQA online portal. The last day you'll be able to access the portal is Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. If you have Learning Plans and Practice Reflection Worksheets sa...

If you are mentoring and supporting a nurse who is new to practice, thank you for taking on this essential role during a...
09/27/2021
Supporting Learners

If you are mentoring and supporting a nurse who is new to practice, thank you for taking on this essential role during an especially challenging time! Here’s where you can find more info about supporting learners, including your accountabilities and what you should consider.

Learners are not limited to nursing students. A learner can be:

Your mental health and well-being are as essential as the care you provide for patients. If you need it, support is avai...
09/26/2021
COVID-19: Practice resources

Your mental health and well-being are as essential as the care you provide for patients. If you need it, support is available. Click to learn more about the mental health support and resources available for nurses.

Nurses and nurse employers: A new provincial order authorizes health care professionals, including nurses, to provide patient care services outside their regular scope of practice. It also enables hospitals to engage regulated health professionals from ...

On Thursday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m., join us as our Council members make decisions about nursing practice and public protect...
09/25/2021
Council

On Thursday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m., join us as our Council members make decisions about nursing practice and public protection at their third meeting of the year. You can watch live on YouTube, or follow along as we live tweet the decisions. (@collegeofnurses on Twitter)

The College's Council sets the direction for the regulation of the nursing profession in Ontario.

Are you in the process of applying to CNO? Did you know that a requirement will be marked as “outstanding” if CNO is rev...
09/25/2021
Maintain Your Membership

Are you in the process of applying to CNO? Did you know that a requirement will be marked as “outstanding” if CNO is reviewing or waiting to receive information from you or from a third party such as a school or another regulatory board. Check the online portal periodically to find out the status of your registration.

https://www.cno.org

Practical nursing students: want to know more about the new regulatory exam for RPN applicants coming in January 2022? T...
09/24/2021
Regulatory Exam – Practical Nurse (REx-PN)

Practical nursing students: want to know more about the new regulatory exam for RPN applicants coming in January 2022? This fact sheet includes information about the purpose of the exam, its format, the number and types of questions, how a pass is determined, the number of times it can be written, and more.

https://www.cno.org

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties that have affected Maintain Your Membership, MyQA and Find a Nurse....
09/24/2021
MYM, MyQA and FAN temporarily unavailable

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties that have affected Maintain Your Membership, MyQA and Find a Nurse. We are working to fix the issue as quickly as possible. Sorry about any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your patience.

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties that have affected Maintain Your Membership, MyQA and Find a Nurse.

Over the past few months, we’ve heard from many of you that emergency orders, the dynamic nature of the pandemic and an ...
09/23/2021
Ask these four questions before performing any procedure or activity - CNO - The Standard - August 2021;

Over the past few months, we’ve heard from many of you that emergency orders, the dynamic nature of the pandemic and an increase in redeployment across practice settings have led to questions about what procedures and activities you’re currently allowed to perform.

We hear you — and our Practice Quality team has an answer.

Although there are many factors that will influence your decision, the formula for making that decision is simple. For any situation, to determine whether you can perform a particular procedure or activity, ask yourself the following four questions. If you can answer “yes” to all of them, then it’s appropriate for you to perform it.

1. Do I have the authority?
2. Does my employer/practice setting support it?
3. Do I have the knowledge, skill and judgment?
4. Is it in the best interest of the patient?

Over the past few months, we've heard from many of you that emergency orders, the dynamic nature of the pandemic and an increase in redeployment across practice settings have led to questions about what procedures and activities you're currently allowed...

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the province, it’s important to stay vigilant by continuing to follow public healt...
09/22/2021
Nurses supporting public health measures

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the province, it’s important to stay vigilant by continuing to follow public health protocols, including vaccinations, masking, handwashing, and social distancing. Nurses are role models in their communities and modelling public health directives keeps the public and patients safe by reducing the potential spread of COVID-19.

CNO continues to appreciate and applaud your commitment and dedication within this emergent context. We understand you are considering patient needs, public safety, and doing your very best each and every day.

Public health protection measures, such as handwashing, masking, social distancing and vaccinations are effective strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the pandemic continues, CNO is taking this opportunity to make its expectations about prov...

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses continue to provide expert care for patients and invaluable support to families...
09/21/2021

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses continue to provide expert care for patients and invaluable support to families. You demonstrate your commitment and dedication to public safety and patient needs each and every day. From all of us, thank you for all that you do.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses continue to provide expert care for patients and invaluable support to families. You demonstrate your commitment and dedication to public safety and patient needs each and every day. From all of us, thank you for all that you do.

Maintain Your Membership, MyQA and Find a Nurse will be down for maintenance from 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22 until...
09/21/2021
MYM, MyQA and FAN unavailable due to maintenance

Maintain Your Membership, MyQA and Find a Nurse will be down for maintenance from 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22 until 5:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept 23. During this time, you will not be able to search for a nurse in Find a Nurse, log into your account or create or view an application during these hours.
Thank you for your patience while we perform maintenance on these services.

Maintain Your Membership, MyQA and Find a Nurse will be down for maintenance on:

You can watch all our Council meetings live on YouTube! On Wednesday, Sept. 29 and Thursday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m., join us...
09/20/2021
Spotlight: Watch our Council meeting live on Sept 29 and 30 - CNO - The Standard - September 2021;

You can watch all our Council meetings live on YouTube! On Wednesday, Sept. 29 and Thursday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m., join us as our Council members make decisions about nursing practice and public protection at their third meeting of the year. Click to learn more about what Council is, what's on the agenda for the next meeting, and how to watch. http://web.cno.org/3nPW6fH

Did you know you can watch all our Council meetings live on YouTube? On Wednesday, Sept. 29 and Thursday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m., join us on YouTube as our Council members make decisions about nursing practice and public protection at their third meeting of...

Did you know that all of CNO’s practice standards and guidelines are easily accessible online? If you’re faced with a pr...
09/18/2021
Standards & Guidelines

Did you know that all of CNO’s practice standards and guidelines are easily accessible online? If you’re faced with a practice question or are unsure about your nursing accountabilities — check the standards! If you need help navigating or understanding the standards, our Advanced Practice Consultants can guide you.

CNO understands that, more than ever, the health care system and all health care professionals are experiencing challenging and unsettling times. We understand that for nurses these challenges bring a high degree of uncertainty and stress as we experien...

Today is World Patient Safety Day, a day of global action to prevent and reduce avoidable harm in health care. This year...
09/17/2021

Today is World Patient Safety Day, a day of global action to prevent and reduce avoidable harm in health care. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is shining a light on safe maternal and newborn care. Every day across the world, nearly 5400 stillbirths occur, and 810 women and 6,700 newborns lose their lives.

As we reflect on these sobering facts, we are reminded that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that no matter our role or practice setting, we all have a part to play in keeping the most vulnerable patients and members of the community safe. Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine protects yourself, your patients, and the health care system’s capacity to deliver needed services during the pandemic.

You can learn more about the global effort to prioritize patient safety and reduce avoidable harm here:
https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day/2021

#WorldPatientSafetyDay, #PatientSafety and #SafeChildbirthForAll

Today is World Patient Safety Day, a day of global action to prevent and reduce avoidable harm in health care. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is shining a light on safe maternal and newborn care. Every day across the world, nearly 5400 stillbirths occur, and 810 women and 6,700 newborns lose their lives.

As we reflect on these sobering facts, we are reminded that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that no matter our role or practice setting, we all have a part to play in keeping the most vulnerable patients and members of the community safe. Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine protects yourself, your patients, and the health care system’s capacity to deliver needed services during the pandemic.

You can learn more about the global effort to prioritize patient safety and reduce avoidable harm here:
https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day/2021

#WorldPatientSafetyDay, #PatientSafety and #SafeChildbirthForAll

Ask Practice features questions from nurses like you about a variety of practice issues that you may face over the cours...
09/16/2021
Ask Practice

Ask Practice features questions from nurses like you about a variety of practice issues that you may face over the course of your career. Answered by CNO’s Practice Support team, the questions are updated on a regular basis, so come back often to see what has been added to the list: https://www.cno.org/en/learn-about-standards-guidelines/educational-tools/ask-practice

Ask Practice features questions and answers about a variety of practice-related issues that nurses may face over the course of their careers.

As the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, make sure you are aware of the following updates, information and...
09/15/2021
COVID-19 updates - CNO - The Standard - September 2021;

As the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, make sure you are aware of the following updates, information and accountabilities.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, so does Ontario's health care system. While patient needs may change, nurses remain accountable to the practice standards and for supporting public health prevention and protection measures.

A new issue of The Standard is out! In this issue, you’ll find info about the requirement that certain practice settings...
09/15/2021
CNO - The Standard - September 2021

A new issue of The Standard is out! In this issue, you’ll find info about the requirement that certain practice settings have COVID-19 immunization policies in place, an upcoming change in Quality Assurance, how to watch Council live, and more.

https://www.cno.org

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the province, it’s important to stay vigilant by continuing to follow public healt...
09/13/2021
Nurses supporting public health measures

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the province, it’s important to stay vigilant by continuing to follow public health protocols, including vaccinations, masking, handwashing and social distancing. Nurses are role models in their communities and modelling public health directives keeps the public and patients safe by reducing the potential spread of COVID-19.

CNO continues to appreciate and applaud your commitment and dedication within this emergent context. We understand you are considering patient needs, public safety, and doing your very best each and every day. https://bit.ly/3kQcH1A

Public health protection measures, such as handwashing, masking, and social distancing are effective strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the pandemic continues, CNO is taking this opportunity to make its expectations about providing advice ...

09/12/2021
What do we do?

What’s CNO’s purpose? To protect the public by promoting safe nursing practice. We aim to prevent harm by identifying potential sources and addressing them before they can negatively impact the public. We are committed to a whole-system approach to nursing regulation and working with you to make a greater collective impact on the patient care system.
Learn more: https://www.cno.org/en/what-is-cno/mission-vision/

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters a new wave, nurses continue to provide expert care for patients and invaluable support t...
09/10/2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters a new wave, nurses continue to provide expert care for patients and invaluable support to families. You demonstrate your commitment and dedication to public safety and patient needs each and every day. From all of us, thank you for all that you do.

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters a new wave, nurses continue to provide expert care for patients and invaluable support to families. You demonstrate your commitment and dedication to public safety and patient needs each and every day. From all of us, thank you for all that you do.

You asked us, "How can I become a better leader in my nursing practice?" Our Practice Quality team says ...⭐ Advocate fo...
09/09/2021
Leadership in nursing practice

You asked us, "How can I become a better leader in my nursing practice?" Our Practice Quality team says ...
⭐ Advocate for patients. From advocating for a patient’s specific care goals to speaking up for vulnerable patients who may be in danger, nurses look out for their patients.
⭐Identify risks to patient safety. Nurses put patients first, even when it’s challenging to do so.
⭐Advocate for quality practice settings. Nurses work as a team to create policy changes when necessary to support safe patient care.
⭐Share their knowledge. Nurses collaborate with other care providers, including students and those who are new to the profession or practice setting.

Remember: all nurses, regardless of role or title, are leaders. Nurses lead every single day in all practice settings.

All nurses, regardless of role or title, are leaders. Nurses lead every single day in all practice settings.

CNO appreciates the commitment and dedication of Ontario’s nurses as you continue to consider patient needs and public s...
09/09/2021
Standards & Guidelines

CNO appreciates the commitment and dedication of Ontario’s nurses as you continue to consider patient needs and public safety under the current evolving conditions. Our standard of care reflects the changing conditions in which you are working: https://www.cno.org/en/learn-about-standards-guidelines/standards-and-guidelines/

CNO understands that, more than ever, the health care system and all health care professionals are experiencing challenging and unsettling times. We understand that for nurses these challenges bring a high degree of uncertainty and stress as we experien...

Did you know that only certain outcomes of an investigation are public record? When CNO launches an investigation into a...
09/08/2021
CNO's Investigations process

Did you know that only certain outcomes of an investigation are public record? When CNO launches an investigation into a nurse’s conduct, the details must remain confidential. This ensures the process is objective and fair, encourages full cooperation by sources and witnesses in the investigation, and, when patients are involved, protects their privacy and personal health information. This confidentiality is required by the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. At the end of an investigation, if a nurse is referred to the Discipline or Fitness to Practise Committee, or has restrictions placed on their practice, that information, including the allegations, appears on our public Register, Find a Nurse. Learn more about our investigations process here:
https://bit.ly/2V4f8mc

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Recognized internationally as a leader in professional regulation, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) protects the public interest by: • setting standards for nursing practice • establishing the requirements for becoming a Registered Nurse, Registered Practical Nurse, Nurse Practitioner • administering a program that helps nurses maintain competence • enforcing the standards of practice and conduct. Our Vision Leading in regulatory excellence Our Mission Regulating nursing in the public interest

Founded: in 1963

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