College Update

College Update

Training Module: Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct

The protection of the public is of paramount importance to the College. The College emphasizes that the vast majority of its members treat their patients with respect and professionalism; however, the College will work with the public to recognize and address concerns around the power imbalance between health professionals and patients.

The College has created a learning module to address these concerns, accessible to all members through the “My CCP” portal and to everyone on the College website. This learning module assists members in understanding the definitions of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct within the Health Professions Act (HPA) and the relevant Standards of Practice, as well as the mandatory reporting requirements for regulated members and employers. This module also describes the decision-making guide for compulsory reporting of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct, the College’s complaint and hearing process, the guidelines for maintaining appropriate professional boundaries and available resources. Members can count up to four hours towards a CCP cycle for completing this module.

The module highlights some case studies and the appropriate response. For example, did you know that a sexual relationship between you and your patient constitutes sexual abuse, and that the decision of unprofessional conduct based on sexual abuse means that the Hearing Tribunal must order the permanent cancellation of your practice permit and registration?

For more information, please see the Patient Relations Program page.

Bill 11, Fair Registration Practices Act

On June 19, 2019, the government of Alberta introduced Bill 11, Fair Registration Practices Act. The Act looks to remove entry-to-practice related barriers for internationally educated professionals in Alberta.

The Act will give the Minister of Labour and Immigration the ability to issue compliance orders, request audits on how applications are processed and request reports from the College.

The Fair Registration Practices Code included in the Bill will outline general and specific duties that constitute fair registration, including the provision of information, timely decisions and reasons, internal review processes, assessment of qualification, training, and access to records.

The Bill also establishes a Fair Registration Practices Office. This office will assist the Minister in the exercise of the Minister’s powers and the performance of the Minister’s duties and functions under this Act and the regulations. Click here to read more about this new legislation.

2019 Standards of Practice

The College released its 2019 Standards of Practice on September 1, 2019. The Standards represent the expected minimum level of performance for regulated members and reflect delivery of high-quality, effective, safe, and ethical care to patients.

These Standards are mandatory for all regulated members of the College across all contexts of professional practice.

For more information on the College’s Standards of Practice, please see the Standards of Practice page.

Registered nurses and nurse practitioners prescribing and ordering diagnostic tests

The Government of Alberta has expanded the Nursing practice in Alberta as of May 1, 2019. Registered nurses registered in the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) who meet specific requirements can become authorized to prescribe Schedule 1 drugs (except controlled drugs and substances) and order common diagnostic tests within a particular clinical practice setting.

Before registered nurses can apply for authorization, they must first:

  • hold an active permit and be in good standing with CARNA;
  • have at least 3,000 clinical practice hours as an RN;
  • have at least 750 practice hours in the practice setting/location in which they are seeking authorization to prescribe;
  • complete an approved nursing program for prescribing and ordering diagnostic tests;
  • have employer support including an employer reference, employer policies, clinical support tools and collaborative practice relationships in the workplace.

A registered nurse practitioner may perform the following restricted activities:

  • order or apply any form of ionizing radiation in medical radiography;
  • order any form of ionizing radiation in nuclear medicine;
  • order non-ionizing radiation in magnetic resonance imaging;
  • order or apply non-ionizing radiation in ultrasound imaging, including any application of ultrasound to a fetus.

Read CARNA’s “Competencies for Registered Nurse Prescribing Schedule 1 Drugs and Ordering Diagnostic Tests” here.

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