Memorandum of Understanding with between Department of Health and Social Services and the Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut signed to Explore One Regulatory Body Framework for All Nurses

Yellowknife — May 6, 2019
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The Minister of Health and Social Services, Glen Abernethy, and the President of the Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (RNANT/NU). Rommel Silverio, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the creation of one self-regulatory framework for all nursing professionals in the Northwest Territories (NWT).

 

Currently the Registrar for Professional Licensing with the Department of Health and Social Services regulates licensed practical nurses, while RNANT/NU regulates registered nurses and nurse practitioners.

 

The MOU signals a shared commitment between the GNWT and RNANT/NU to work together to improve how nurses are regulated in the NWT, further professionalizing nursing in the territory.

 

Quotes

 

“Our nurses are often the first point of contact for residents seeking medical care in our communities. Signing this MOU with  RNANT/NU to works toward a single regulatory framework for all NWT nursing professionals will streamline the application and renewal process for nurses who wish to practice in the NWT and advances our goal of Best Health, Best Care for a Better Future.”

-Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services

 

“Together we can strengthen the nursing voice across the Territories and make a positive impact on public safety and healthcare. The Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut is looking forward to working with licensed practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses to develop relevant and supportive standards of practice, scopes of practice, entry-level competencies, and a continuing competence program.”

-Rommel Silverio, President, RNANT/NU

 

Quick Facts

 

  • Licensed practical nurses are regulated by the Professional Licensing Registrar
  • Registered nurses and nurse practitioners are regulated by RNANT/NU
  • Over 1400  nurses are registered with RNANT/NU

 

For more information contact:

 

Damien Healy,

Manager, Communications

Department of Health and Social Services

Tel:        (867) 767-9052 (Ext. 49034)

Email:   damien_healy@gov.nt.ca

 

 

Denise Bowen MN, RN

Executive Director RNANT/NU

Box 2757 Yellowknife, NT X1A 2R1

Tel: (867) 873-2745 ext: 23

Fax: (867) 873-2336

Email: ed@rnantnu.ca

www.rnantnu.ca