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New nursing regulator: progress update

Posted April 19, 2018

We're pleased to provide you with an update on our progress toward the creation of a single nursing regulator for the province, and to answer some of the questions we've been hearing.

Amalgamation date set

It's official! We have an Amalgamation date. On Sept. 4, 2018, the new nursing collegewill officially come into existence, and begin regulating licensed practical nurses (LPNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), registered nurses (RNs), and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs). The name of the new college has not yet been finalized.

Staff at the three existing colleges, our various board and committee members, and other stakeholders have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure we're ready to regulate on Day 1 of our new organization. Processes like registration renewal may remain segmented by designation for 2019-20, but our goal is to be fully integrated by 2021.

Public protection remains our top priority.

How will this affect nurses?

The transition to the new college should be seamless for nurses. We are amalgamating college operations; however, the four nursing designations are remaining distinct. You'll notice a new website, and we'll have a new physical address once we move into our new office space. But beyond that access to services, resources and regulatory support should not be impacted.

Governance

The three college boards have suspended our respective 2018 board elections.

Under our current bylaws, newly elected board members would normally begin their three-year term in September, 2018. However, given that the three colleges will be making way for the new organization on Sept. 4, 2018, the boards felt it would not be the best use of resources to elect board members who would not serve their terms.

The Minister of Health will appoint the first Board of the new college. The first elections to fill registrant board member positions will likely take place in the fall of 2019, with terms commencing Jan. 1, 2020.

What if I have questions?

We're always glad to hear from nurses and the public. Please visit our resource page, and review the news there. If you don't find what you're looking for, drop us an email at CEOs@onenursingcollege.ca and we'll get back to you.

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