Trending Topics

The College recognizes that from time to time, topics of interest come to the forefront.  Whether important to the College and our members, making news headlines, or a trending topic in social media, they require access by the public. You will find in this section, information of note.  Although it may not always be in the headlines, it is important to stay informed.    

  • Nurses’ Health Program

    The Nurses’ Health Program was developed by CNO, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO). This voluntary bilingual program encourages nurses to seek treatment for substance use and/or...

  • Important clarification: RN exam requirement for entry to practice

    CNO advises students and educators that the CASN “certification exam” is not a replacement for passing the NCLEX-RN and will not be used in CNO’s registration process. 

  • Updating RPN competencies and exam

    The REx-PN will test Canadian entry-to-practice competencies. It’s based on current RPN practice, is focused on client safety, and will ensure nurses who enter practice have the knowledge, skills and judgment needed at the beginning of their careers. Currently, all regulatory jurisdictions (except...

  • Quality Care

    Here’s what we’re doing with our Quality Assurance Program to support nurses with their continued learning.

  • Journey to RN prescribing

    CNO is your primary source for timely and accurate information about RN prescribing. On May 17, 2017, the Ontario government changed the Nursing Act to permit RNs to prescribe medication and to communicate diagnoses for the purpose of prescribing medication. The changes were made to improve...

  • Governance Vision 2020

    At its December 2016 meeting, CNO’s Council approved a vision for governance for 2020. This vision will ensure the College’s board remains an effective leader in building the public’s trust that the board is focused on the public’s needs and interests.

  • INRC Position Statements

    The College of Nurses of Ontario is a member of the International Nurse Regulator Collaborative (INRC). The INRC develops position statements on emerging trends in nursing regulation.  This information is intended as an FYI only. Ontario nurses are accountable for practicing according to the...

  • NPs and Prescribing Controlled Substances

    Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in Ontario can prescribe controlled substances, if they have completed approved controlled substances education. The education covers competencies related to safe, effective and ethical prescribing, and managing clients who are treated with controlled substances. NPs,...

  • Sexual Abuse

    Sexual abuse of a patient by a nurse causes significant harm. The abuse can have lasting effects on a patient’s health and well-being. It can also seriously effect a patient’s caregiver, family and community. CNO considers all complaints and reports of sexual abuse as high risk. We investigate each...

  • Medical Assistance in Dying

    The Medical Assistance in Dying information page is where you will find important updates, information and resources that impact nurses in Ontario.  We will be updating this page as more information becomes available, and we encourage you to check back often.

  • About NCLEX-RN

    The National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) is an entry-to-practice examination for those applying to become a Registered Nurse. It tests the competencies nurses need at the beginning of their careers.

Page last reviewed July 18, 2019