Scope of Practice
The RN(NP)-PC is a licensed registered nurse who has met the qualifications for licensure in the Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) category in the province of Saskatchewan, as defined by The Registered Nurses Act, 1988. The RN(NP)-PC manages the care of clients and their families, within the primary health care team and applies a primary health care framework, across the lifespan (all ages). The RN(NP)-PC is prepared with the competencies to work with clients across the lifespan in primary care settings. The RN(NP)-PC will manage all aspects of client care from the point of entry to the health care system through to the community in which they reside, participating in community development, health promotion and illness prevention.
Common Medical Disorders
In accordance with Bylaw VI, Section 3(2)(a), and the current Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) RN(NP) Standards and Core Competencies, common medical disorders shall be interpreted to mean health problems, conditions, diseases or disorders that the RN(NP) sees with regularity within the context of their practice. Further, educational curriculum from an approved and/or accredited program shall be used as a guide for the determination of appropriate problems, conditions, diseases or disorders diagnosed and/or treated by the RN(NP). The RN(NP) shall maintain current competence within their chosen area of practice and may only independently diagnose or treat common medical disorders for which they are currently competent. When the client’s condition requires the care beyond the RN(NP)’s scope of practice and/or competence, the appropriate consultation will be initiated.
Accordingly, the RN(NP) will not consider the following as being within their independent scope of practice as a RN(NP):
1. Independently manage atypical or complex health problems. (eg. Diabetes Type 1).
2. Any health problem requiring diagnostic contrast medium radiography.
3. Any health problem that requires imminent surgical intervention.
4. Any health problem that becomes unstable requiring further consultation (eg. hospitalization required).
5. Perform an internal biopsy.
It is NOT considered independent practice when a RN(NP) is practicing in accordance with agreed upon, evidence based nurse-physician client care protocols.