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Framework on the RN Role in Primary Care

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Optimizing the Role of Nurses in Primary Care in Canada [PDF, 1.4 MB] outlines CNA’s strategies for advancing a pan-Canadian framework to optimize the role of registered nurses and advanced practice nurses in primary care inter-professional teams.

Based on a scoping literature review and key informant interviews, the report offers five recommendations to CNA:

  • Conduct a national survey of nurses in primary care.
  • Consult with key stakeholders using a variety of strategies.
  • Develop a competency framework for primary care RNs to move the NP and CNS roles forward and begin to address issues of role clarity and invisibility.
  • Develop a toolkit to enable managers and others in leadership positions to implement nursing roles more effectively.
  • Develop a certification process for RN primary care providers.

See more resources on CNA’s Interprofessional Collaboration page.