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SRNA Employer NewsBulletin Fall 2016: Top 13 things Employers need to know this Fall

The Employer NB is sent out twice a year to update our employer stakeholders on RN and RN(NP) practices in Saskatchewan.

13 Things Employers need to know this Fall:
 

1. SRNA Licence Renewal 2017

SRNA Licence Renewal begins September 13, 2016. Completing the online registration renewal form is mandatory for all practicing RNs and RN(NP)s.

Employer-paid deadline
The last day for the Employer-paid option is Thursday, October 13. The SRNA will send out final files to employers for final payment on October 24. The deadline for employers to pay RN renewal fees to the SRNA is November 9, 2016 to ensure RNs and RN(NP)s receive verification of their licensure for December 1, 2016.
Online Registration Renewal Form
View 2017 Registration Fees

Check the Online Verification
  

To ensure an RN or RN(NP) is licenced with the SRNA and does not have restrictions on his/her licence visit the online verification service. All practicing RN and RN(NP) licences will expire on November 30, 2016.
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Find a Nurse - Online Verification

Questions?
  

If you have questions or concerns please contact the SRNA at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; (306)359-4200 or 1-800-667-9945.
 

2. Changes to Cost of Liability for RN/NPs
  

In the 2017 licensure year, the cost of the liability coverage for RN(NP) licensure will increase from the $34.00 to $85.50. This change reflects the actual cost of RN(NP) liability coverage required by the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS). The cost of the RN(NP) licensure is $610.58 and for the RN it is $556.50.
 

3. Practice Hours Audits
 

As part of its legislated mandate and commitment to the public for safe RN care, the SRNA annually conducts an Hour Audit to ensure RNs and RN(NP)s are maintaining their required practice hours.
 
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4. RNs on Disability Leave


RNs must have worked at least 1125 hours in the previous five years to be eligible for registration. To maintain registration eligibility, RNs on disability leave have several options. If you know RNs who are currently on disability leave, please direct them to call 1-800-667-9945 or locally 306-359-4228 to speak to an SRNA representative.
 

5. Graduate Nurse Licence 


The GN licence, a temporary, four-month licence with two possible four-month extensions, is granted to eligible graduates scheduled to write the NCLEX-RN®. 
 
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6. Registered Nurse (Graduate Nurse Practitioner) RN(GNP) 


A RN(GNP) allows a graduate from a NP program to practise in a graduate role while examination requirements are completed.
 
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7. New Processes to Replace TMF


Over the last few years the SRNA has been involved in creating new processes that will replace the Transfer of Medical Function (TMF) which will cease on December 1, 2016. Three new processes have been created for RNs working in northern primary care settings; for all RNs; and for RNs working in areas specifically identified in the College of Physicians and Surgeons Bylaws.
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8. Resources for RN Specialty Practices


Resources have been created to replace the initial standards document for RN Specialty Practices of 2015. The 2016 standards document and the user guides will assist members and employers in understanding RN Specialty Practices and facilitate the development and implementation of RNSPs throughout the province.
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9. NPs Receive Authority to Complete Medical Certificates of Death in Saskatchewan 


On July, 28, 2015 the SRNA received notice from the Minister of Health regarding the approval of changes Bylaw 3 (C) & (D) passed at the 2015 SRNA Annual Meeting.

The SRNA and RN(NP)s would like to thank key partners for working in collaboration to amend this provincial legislation and provide education for the RN(NP)s.

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10. Continuing Competence Program (CCP) 

All practicing RNs and RN(NP)s must participate annually in the SRNA Continuing Competence Program.

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11. Current Scope of Practice for RN(NP)s

Over the past few years provincial legislation and SRNA Bylaws have been amended, which has resulted in changes to the Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice.

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12. Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)


On June 17, 2016, Bill C-14 on Medical Assistance in Dying, received Royal Assent and is now in force across Canada. Learn more about what this means for RNs and RN(NP)s.
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13. Competence Assurance


Did you know that there is a mandatory reporting requirement that any RN who is terminated for cause due to professional incompetence or misconduct must the reported to the SRNA? 
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