Thom's helped out at the youth center before, but being the only nurse at the outdoor
program is different; he’s never done anything like this, and wonders if he’s
Often, practicing in a non-traditional setting like a recreation centre, medical tent, or summer camp can mean you're working autonomously as an RN, perhaps without other health care providers on site. In addition, you may not have the resources and supports you're used to having when working in a traditional health care organization.
Regardless of the practice setting or the volunteer nature of a nursing role, you're required to practise in accordance with all the Standards of Practice (Scope,
Professional Standards and
Practice Standards), and within all relevant
legislation and regulations.
Thom could start by reviewing the role expectations and relevant organizational policies and protocols, and discussing any questions or concerns with the centre director. He'll need consider the competencies required for the position, assess his practice and identify and meet any learning needs.
Asking himself these questions may help Thom sort out whether the opportunity is right for him:
After reviewing the role description and discussing it with the youth centre director and other staff, Thom decides to take on the challenge. He prepares for the week by reviewing the centre's policies and decision support tools and making sure his emergency first aid is current.
The Scope Standards, Acting Within Autonomous Scope of Practice and Acting with Client-specific Orders, and the Scope of Practice for RNs: Standards, Limits and Conditions can provide direction and answer questions about scope of practice.
The following Practice Standards may be particularly relevant in these settings:
The Regulatory Practice Consultants are also always available to assist you with any questions and issues you might have.
As a CRNBC practising registrant, you receive professional liability protection through the Canadian Nurse Protective Society (CNPS). This protection covers both paid and volunteer nursing. For more information on what CNPS provides you go to www.cnps.ca.
CRNBC thanks the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia for their permission to repurpose content from their website for this case study.
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