The RPN profession’s scope of practice outlines boundaries of practice for the RPN profession – the full range of activities that RPNs are both educated and authorized to perform.
The legal authority for Manitoba RPN scope of practice resides in the RHPA and the Practice of Registered Psychiatric Nursing Regulation.
RPN Scope of Practice Statement
From the Practice Regulation:
The practice of registered psychiatric nursing is the application of registered psychiatric nursing skill, knowledge and judgment with a focus on mental health, addictions and neurodevelopmental disorders:
(a) to assist individuals, families, groups, and communities and populations to achieve, maintain and restore their optimal physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health;
(b) to assess, diagnose, plan and provide treatment and interventions, to evaluate their effectiveness and to make referrals;
(c) to teach clients, and advocate with or on their behalf to enhance health and well-being;
(d) to provide counseling to clients;
(e) to coordinate, supervise, monitor, deliver and evaluate the provision of health care and psycho-social services;
(e) to manage, administer and develop systems related to registered psychiatric nursing and the provision of health care and psycho-social services;
(f) to teach nursing theory and the practice of registered psychiatric nursing; and
(g) to engage in research related to health and the practice of registered psychiatric nursing.
The scope of practice is further defined by the reserved acts. The limits and conditions (if any) on the reserved acts are found in the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba General Regulation.
RPN Scope of Practice in Action
Our profession’s Scope of Practice Statement is broad by design to ensure it fully applies to the wide range of client populations, roles, and settings an RPN may serve or work in. It articulates the education that RPNs receive at entry level, and the experience and education RPNs receive as their practice grows.
The actual scope of practice of an individual RPN may be more focused. It is shaped by experience, professional development, and opportunities to develop specific competencies.
This means that in actual practice, the type of care that RPNs provide in our community can vary a great deal. This variety is one of the strengths of our profession. The flexibility of the RPN scope of practice allows us to serve specific needs in a wide range of settings – in the private and public sector, in health care and industry, and beyond.
Find out more about our scope of practice by reading profiles of RPNs in Practice.