Province introduces new Nursing Act

The Nova Scotia government has introduced legislation to create the Nova Scotia College of Nursing - a single regulatory body for the nursing profession.

Right now, there are two regulatory bodies - The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia and The College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia.  

The new act will see the two merge.

The province says the move is a request from the nursing profession itself.

The new Nursing Act will:  
-- maintain existing nursing designations, scopes of practice, and entry-to-practice requirements
-- enable the college to expand scopes of practice for individual licensed practical nurses and registered nurses, with additional education within the overall scope of nursing
-- remove the requirement for nurse practitioners to establish a formal relationship with a physician before they can practice
-- allow the regulator more flexibility to grant temporary and conditional licenses 
-- expand the power to impose fines as a disciplinary measure to include professional misconduct and conduct unbecoming 
-- enhance the requirement for the College to be more accountable and transparent to government, the public and nurses

More than 4,000 stakeholders provided feedback throughout the development of the Nursing Act.