Position Statements

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

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. This was approved by RPNAS Council in December 2015.

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.”

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