N.S. nursing law places all types of nurses under single regulatory body

Family doctors have been included in Phase 2, Group C of the province's vaccine rollout plan. File/Global News

Nova Scotia’s various types of nurses are being regulated under a single piece of legislation as of today.

The province says in a news release that its new Nursing Act has created a reworked College of Nursing to oversee the nursing profession.

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Health Minister Randy Delorey says the college will regulate registered nurses, nurse practitioners and licensed practical nurses.

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Existing nursing designations, the various scopes of practice and the training requirements remain the same.

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However, provisions in the law also enable the college to expand the tasks various nursing groups can do and allows more flexibility to grant temporary and conditional licences.

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It also increases options for accountability through fines.

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