Canadian Federation of Nurses weighs in on RN-RPN division of labour

Prince Edward Island’s new model of care will see licensed practical nurses (or 'registered practical nurses' as they are called in Ontario) and other patient care workers taking on some duties formerly performed by registered nurses.  This, of course, is also an emerging issue in Ontario.

In a May letter, Linda Silas, the president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, claimed “The driving force behind these changes is budgets, not improvements to health care.” She said nurses have been shut out of the process of developing the new model which she said “represents a dramatic de-skilling of the health workforce that is both dangerous and wrong-headed.”

I think it is is fair to say that RPNs, who for years have demanded that they be allowed to work to their full scope of practice, will see things differently.


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