The Department of Health and Social Services asked for public feedback on plans to move towards a single regulatory framework for all nursing professionals in the NWT.
Currently, Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners apply to the Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut to practice in the NWT, while Licensed Practical Nurses apply for licensing to the Department of Health and Social Services. Psychiatric Nurses are not required to be licensed in the NWT however employers often require them to be licensed in another jurisdiction.
Having one body that regulates the practice of nursing for all nursing professionals in the NWT will streamline licensing and ensures all nurses have greater access to training and resources to perform their scope of work safely and collaboratively within the health system.
Engagement feedback from August 17, 2020 to October 17, 2020
Results under review
This engagement was completed October 17, 2020
Have Your Say
A Discussion Paper entitled “Amendments to the Northwest Territories Nursing Profession Act Discussion Paper” outlined the proposed policy elements that would amend the Nursing Profession Act. It was posted for public feedback and stakeholders were directly invited to provide feedback.
A total of 18 respondents provided comments.
A What We Heard Report was developed- What We Heard - Amendments to the Northwest Territories Nursing Profession Act Discussion Paper