CNO Case Study

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The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is the governing body of all registered nurses in Ontario and is regulated. The CNO provides expectations and guidelines to follow, which need to be met by each Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) individually. As a nursing student, I am taught about the CNO and the importance of referring back to the guidelines while caring for patients. While gaining experiencing in the nursing field through my clinical settings, I have realized as a nursing student there are areas I need further development in. In this paper, I will address two of my learning needs and my goal for each. I will also discuss the plan I created in order to successfully meet my learning needs prior to becoming an RPN, and
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I need further development in knowing what the scope of practice of an RPN is because at clinical I am unsure of the difference in roles of the RPN’s that are working on the units compared to the Registered Nurses (RN’s). I feel that knowing and understanding the scope of practice of an RPN is crucial, in order to ensure the safety of the patients, but also to protect your license as a nurse. Also, it is important to understand your role as a nurse to ensure the patients’ needs are being met, and to ensure you stay within your scope of practice while providing care. The CNO’s scope of practice statement is, “The practice of nursing is the promotion of health and the assessment of, the provision of, care for, and the treatment of, health conditions by supportive, preventive, therapeutic, palliative and rehabilitative means in order to attain or maintain optimal function” (College of Nurses of Ontario, 2015). The goal I set for myself is, I will learn and understand the scope of practice of an RPN in order to be accountable for all my actions as a future…show more content…
I also plan on taking a course after graduating from the nursing program specific to IV therapy because I feel this is a skill that takes practice and not having the hands-on experience through the nursing program at Niagara College is unfortunate. The IV therapy course is offered at Niagara College for a six-week period. I feel by taking this course I will become more comfortable with IV’s and will meet the expectations of the CNO when providing care to patients as a future nurse. I will also use the CNO standards of medication when administering an IV solution because it is a medication and the 10 rights need to be applied (CNO,
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