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Nursing Optomized Practice

The purpose of the nursing Optimized Practice Program is to assist participants in optimizing the role of the RN, LPN and Assistive Personnel* within the Collaborative Care Model by understanding the similarities and differences among RN, LPN and AP practice in terms of role and legislated scope.

This program, titled Optimized Practice: Optimizing the Role of the RN, LPN and Assistive Personnel in Acute Care, was developed as part of the Model of Care Initiative in Nova Scotia to provide education and support to nursing care providers and managers across the province in areas implementing the Collaborative Care Model. This new education program was launched in January 4, 2010.  Funding for delivery of the program by the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre comes from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

Contributing partners in the development of the nursing Optimized Practice Program included: Nova Scotia Department of Health, Professional Practice at Capital Health, College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia, College of Licensed Practical Nurse of Nova Scotia, and Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre.  The partners gratefully acknowledge the generous contribution and unrestricted access to Optimized Practice: Optimizing the role of the RN, LPN and AP that was originally developed by Professional Practice, Capital Health.  Given without condition, this gesture was significant, serving both as a foundation for this provincial education program and a display of interagency collaboration.

* The Assistive Personnel role description was developed with the intent of the collaborative care team in mind. The role description focuses on the contributions of assistive personnel … not position titles. It is recognized that various titles are and will be used for individuals in this role in acute care (e.g., Continuing Care Assistant).

Contact: Ruth Whelan