Registered Psychiatric Nurses, Partnering with People

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Position Statements

RPNAS often issues position statements are certain issues.  All position statements are carefully considered and approved by council before being posted.

24 Hour Coverage in Special Care Homes

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan supports the SRNA position on 24 Hour coverage in Special Care Homes which states: “The SRNA recognizes the need for the employment of a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse on a 24 hour basis in special care homes.” In supporting this statement the RPNAS believes that the […]

Charting and Documentation

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that proper charting/documentation establishes and supports the nursing process. Charting/documentation provides a chronological record of events involving the client from admission to discharge from the health care facility/system for the purpose of: Communicating Client Health Information Providing Continuity of Care Demonstrating Professional Accountability Providing a Base for […]

Community Living

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that community based programs are an integral part of the health-care continuum. Health professionals working within the framework of community based programs require consistent policies and procedures to assist them in providing quality health-care. The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan supports the following definition of community […]

Continuing Professional Development for RPNs

The RPNAS believes that continuing professional development (CPD) is critical to maintaining professional competency and reducing obsolescence. Beginning in the year 2000, continuing professional development will be one of the determining requirements for continued licensing eligibility of registered psychiatric nurses in Saskatchewan. The RPNAS recognizes continuing professional development as a component of psychiatric nursing education. […]

Critical Incident Stress Management

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that Critical Incident Stress Management is an early intervention program which accelerates the recovery process of persons involved in a critical incident. A critical incident is any situation faced by an individual which causes them to experience unusually strong emotional reactions, and which has the potential to […]

Dual Registration and Licensure

Accountability When practising as a professional, registrants have multiple levels of accountability. Specifically, registrants are accountable to the public through provincial and federal statutes, to their employer(s) through their working contract and/or a collective agreement, to the client through tort law and to their professional self-regulatory bodies in accordance with the legislation and bylaws governing […]

Health Care Worker Abuse

Abuse of health care workers is a growing and serious problem. The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that health care facilities should recognize and actively minimize health care worker abuse. The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that an educational program addressing abuse should be implemented in all health care facilities in […]

Management and Administration of Medication by RPNs

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that medications are integral to the plan of care for clients requiring health care services. In all instances, medications must be administered under safe and ethical policies and procedures. The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan supports the following definition of medication administration. Safe medication administration includes […]

Mental Health

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that Saskatchewan should have a comprehensive and integrated health care system, and calls for Registered Psychiatric Nurses to join consumers and other health care professionals in a commitment of working toward efficient, effective, accessible and accountable health care. The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan affirms the […]

Pain Management

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that Pain Management requires the expertise of health care professionals in every field. We support the client in their choice of complementary alternatives, i.e., TENS, meditation, visualization, et. The goal of the care team in Pain Management is to help improve quality of life. Attitudes about pain […]

Palliative Care

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that Palliative Care is a service which is made available to provide for the needs of terminally ill persons and their supporters who have determined that treatment for cure or prolongation of life is no longer the primary objective. Paramount is the care of physical, psychosocial and […]

Preceptorship

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that registered psychiatric nurses have a professional responsibility for assuming the role of a preceptor for psychiatric nursing student(s) and/or other students in professional programs. A preceptor is defined as, a practitioner whom a student accompanies, observes and assists, as one facet of their education adapted from […]

Primary Health Care

Historically, Saskatchewan residents have enjoyed a high standard of health care services. This system had its emphasis on illness and favoured the physician as the entry point to curative treatment. Until recently little attention or resources were focused on health promotion and illness prevention (e.g. immunizations being a notable exception). The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association […]

Psychiatric Nursing Education

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that the people of Saskatchewan should have access to a model of psychiatric nursing education that includes: diploma entry, baccalaureate in psychiatric nursing, advanced practice, re-entry, continuing professional development, masters and doctorate programs. Baccalaureate programs must support clinical practice, administration, education and research–with a strong focus on […]

Registered Psychiatric Nurses In Independent Practice (Exceptional Basis only)

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan recognizes that independent practice is a legitimate sphere of practice for Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs). The Association also acknowledges that independent practitioners have a particular accountability to the public for their practice. In an effort to ensure that this responsibility is recognized, the Association has documented guidelines for […]

Role of the RPN in Relation to Complementary and Alternative Healing

A paradigm shift is occurring within our society wherein a growing number of people are adopting an expanded view of health which embraces a holistic perspective rather than a purely allopathic one (Northcott, 1994). As a result, many are seeking and using a variety of complementary and alternative healing modalities (Montbriand, 1989). Eisenberg and colleagues’ […]

Use of Restraints in Client Care

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan discourages the use of restraints in any health care setting. Restraints should only be initiated in situations when other interventions are determined ineffective for ensuring the safety of the client and others. While the use of restraints may be appropriate in specific circumstances, this use must be order […]

Medication Management

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan shares the views contained within the document titled “Medication Management for RNs: A Patient Centred Decision-making Framework” published by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA) in September 2015. The publication can be viewed by clicking here.  
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