Amendments to the Registered Nurses Act in 2014 (Bill 32) provide authority to ARNNL to establish a Quality Assurance (QA) Program for registered nurses. These amendments will strengthen/support ARNNL's mandate to regulate RNs and NPs in the public interest. As one component under ARNNL's Quality Assurance Framework, the QA program for registered nurses provides a proactive mechanism to address an issue/concern regarding an RN's/NP's practice thereby supporting a nurse to meet ARNNL's Standards of Practice for safe, competent and ethical care. A QA Committee, consisting of RNs and public representatives, may initiate a quality assurance review of a registered nurse or his or her practice and may make orders to address an issue/concern.
The QA program is proactive and supports early intervention to prevent an issue/concern from escalating to conduct deserving of a sanction. Although QA is non-disciplinary, it may intersect with the professional conduct review process where the QA Committee identifies in the course of a review that an RN may be guilty of conduct deserving of sanction. In this case, the QA Committee will terminate its review and the matter will be referred to the Complaints Authorization Committee.
The QA program will be implemented when the amendments are proclaimed, this is anticipated to occur in 2018.
For more information, please refer to the following links:
- Bill 32
- ARNNL's Quality Assurance Framework
- Quality Assurance Committee Terms of Reference
- ARNNL Professional Conduct Review (PCR) and Quality Assurance Program Interaction
- April 2017, Archived Teleconference Event
For more information on the QA process, call Michelle Osmond 709-753-6181 or Pam King-Jesso at 709-753-6193 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.