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Nursing requires strong, consistent and knowledgeable leaders who are visible, inspire others and support professional nursing practice
CNA’s Vision for Nursing and Health envisions solutions to meet many of our health-care challenges and is intended to help members work in their own areas of practice to build a better future for Canadian health care
We must continually bring to the attention of managers, executives, employers and health-care decision-makers the value of nursing and the difference that registered nurses (RN) make ...
CNA and its partners have developed a range of resources to support nurses in making staff-mix decisions that maximize outcomes.
The Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses is a statement of the ethical values of nurses and of nurses’ commitments to persons with health-care needs and persons receiving care.
To determine prevailing norms across Canada related to fatigue in nursing and patient safety, CNA and RNAO conducted…
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Nurse Practitioner Resources
The Nurse Practitioner [PDF, 136.1 KB] (position statement)
Nurse Practitioners in the Emergency Department [PDF, 285.8 KB] (fact sheet)
Nurse Practitioners in Long-Term Care [PDF, 291 KB] (fact sheet)
Nurse Practitioners In Rural and Remote Communities [PDF, 69 KB] (fact sheet)
Canadian Nurse Practitioner Core Competency Framework [PDF, 1.3 MB]
Canadian Nurse Practitioner Exam
Practice Framework for Nurse Practitioners in Canada [PDF, 206.9 KB]
Benchmarking for Nurse Practitioner Patient Panel Size and Comparative Analysis of Nurse Practitioner Pay Scales (report)
“Canadian Nurse Practitioner Job Satisfaction” (journal article)
“Cultivating Communities of Practice for Nurse Practitioners” (journal article)
“Defining a Role for Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners in Rural Nova Scotia” (journal article)
“The Integration of Nurse Practitioners into Canadian Emergency Departments” (journal article)
“Integration of Nurse Practitioners in Long-Term Care in Canada” (journal article)
“Integration of Nurse Practitioners into Ontario's Primary Healthcare System” (journal article)
“A Measure of Collaboration Between Nurse Practitioners and Physicians in Primary Care” (journal article)
“The Power and Politics of Collaboration in Nurse Practitioner Role Development” (journal article)
Practitioner — A Strategy for Healthcare System Improvement (brochure)
“Nurse Practitioner and Physician Collaboration in Ontario Long-term Care Homes” (journal article)
“Nurse Practitioner Role Development: A Framework to Assess Role Integration” (journal article)
“Nurse Practitioner Role Implementation in Ontario Public Health Units” (journal article)
“Nurse Practitioners Can Play an Important Role in Pain Management in Long-Term Care” (journal article)
“The Transformational Journey of Nurse Practitioners in Acute Care Settings” (journal article)
“A Workforce Snapshot of Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners in Ontario” (journal article)
CMPA/CNPS: Joint Statement on Liability Protection for Nurse Practitioners and Physicians in Collaborative Practice
CNPS Plus (optional extended protection plan for Canadian nurses)
Association des infirmières praticiennes spécialisées du Québec (available in French only)
British Columbia Nurse Practitioner Association
Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses
London Region Advanced Practice Nurses
Newfoundland and Labrador Nurse Practitioner Association
NPCanada.ca (job board)
Nurse Practitioner Association of Alberta
Nurse Practitioner Association of Manitoba
Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Nova Scotia
Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario
Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Advance Healthcare Network for NPs and PAs (U.S. news magazine)
American Academy of Nursing
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Association of Advanced Practice Educators (U.K.)
Australian College of Nurse Practitioners
International Advanced Practice Nursing
International Council of Nurses Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network
Irish Association of Advanced Nurse and Midwife Practitioners
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (U.S.)
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (U.S.)
NP Central (U.S.)
Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education (U.S.)
Nurse Practitioners New Zealand
Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (U.S.)
Nursing and Midwifery Council (U.K.)