Scope of Practice for RNs

The scope of nursing practice is defined as the range of roles, functions, responsibilities and activities which registered nurses are educated and authorized to perform. RNs must function within the legally recognized scope of practice of nursing in Newfoundland and Labrador and within all relevant legislation.

The actual scope of practice of individual nurses is always narrower than the scope of the nursing profession as a whole. The scope of your nursing practice is influenced by your knowledge, competence, practice setting, employer requirements and client needs.

To understand the boundaries of your practice, as well as how to advance your scope of practice, refer to the CRNNL document Scope of Nursing Practice: Definition, Decision-Making, & Delegation.

To learn more about RN and LPN scope of practice refer to CRNNL’s archived teleconference.


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