Rethinking Prescribing Authority For Registered Nurses

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ISSUE: According to the health care in Canada survey 14, increased emergency waiting times are the major concern of the population weighing 31% of the health demands. Reconsidering prescribing authority to registered nurses will decrease wait times and improve the efficacy of the care provided and it reduces the cost of health-care delivery system in Canada as it is publicly funded. So CNA has developed a framework for registered nurse prescribing in Canada that is a good affordable solution to reduce emergency waiting time in health care sector and in primary health care. CNA have developed a framework for provincial and territorial government decision-makers to look into it when developing health reforms and policies. BACKGROUND: Registered nurse prescribing was introduced in UK and Ireland in response to the public need for access to timely health services. In the year 1992 when Primary legislation for independent nurse prescribing was passed and the nurses got powers to prescribe controlled mediations.. Nurse prescribing in the UK is well established with over 54,000 nurses and 19,000 independent nurses. In March 2010, the NHS Prescription Service in England forecasted 12.8 million items processed which was prescribed by the nurses. In Canada in 2010 by CIHI 41% reported to have waited 60 days to see a specialist and 33% waited 6 days to see a doctor so other than GPs we need another trustable professionals whom we can rely on for our ailments. In Canada, Manitoba,

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