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Guiding Principles of Nursing Professionalism

nursing image Our delivery of nursing care is guided by the following four principles of nursing professionalism.

Autonomous Practice

Autonomous practice involves self-directed nursing care with an emphasis on professional functions, increased leadership responsibilities, professional development and advanced technical skills.

Professional Accountability

Professional accountability involves self-directed nursing practice, participation in inter-professional education and practice and requires nurses to be systems thinkers who support quality improvement initiatives and safer systems in health-care delivery.

Scope of Practice

Functioning within full scope of practice requires nurses to be aware of evidence and best practices within their scope, promote critical thinking in the evaluation and use of evidence at the point of care as defined by the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Direct Nursing Care

The principle of promoting direct nursing care requires enhancement of direct nursing care time spent with patients that result in better patient outcomes.