Employer Toolkit

Resources to Promote a Positive and Informed Practice Environment

Whether you are starting out in a new management role or looking for information after many years in leadership, the resources in this section are designed to help educate and inform.

One of the ways the College supports quality nursing practice is through practice consultation services. Employers are welcome to use this service when they have questions about RN practice.

Want to learn more about our consultation services? Click here.

RN Responsibilities

Entry-level competencies describe what is expected of entry-level RNs in order to provide safe, competent and ethical nursing care in a variety of practice settings. The competencies are used in the approval of nursing education programs. They also serve as a guide to curriculum development in entry-level (undergraduate) nursing programs and inform the public and employers of the practice expectations of entry-level RNs.

Want to learn more about membership classes of RNs in Manitoba? Click here.

Employer Responsibilities

Under the RHPA, the status of an RN is public information. Employers have a responsibility to verify that the RNs they employ have a certificate of practice with the College.

As an employer, if you terminate or suspend an RN for professional incompetence or misconduct, you must report this to the College.

Want to learn more about conduct and reporting? Click here.

Your Role in Quality Documentation

Documentation is a vital part of registered nursing practice and the basic principles of documentation have not changed over the years. Whether on paper or electronically, quality documentation is part of meeting our practice expectations.

Here are some ways that you can help RNs improve their quality of documentation:

Education

  • Educate support staff on the importance of documentation.
  • Provide education on quality documentation practices.

Policy

  • Advocate for documentation that is multidisciplinary.
  • Avoid duplicate documentation systems.
    • Advocate for point-of-care charting, such as flow sheets, medication administration records, etc.
  • Create policy to support documentation practices. Ask registered nursing staff to contribute by informing policy. Policy should include:
    • who documents and how they are identified
    • what to include and exclude
    • when to document
    • where to document (ex. flow sheets)
    • how to document (ex. when using SOAP notes or other formats)
    • occurrence reporting and documentation of situations of risk

Work Environment

  • Be alert and responsive to statements implying that a registered nurse is not working hard when he/she is taking a moment to chart for a client.
  • Advocate for user-friendly systems which place the focus on client safety.
  • Provide a culture where documentation is a respected part of nursing practice.
  • Offer appropriate space for registered nurses to think and document.
  • Include nursing staff in chart reviews/audits to increase awareness of gaps in documentation.
  • Provide secure locations for storing paper charts when not in use by staff.
  • Engage in risk management strategies for reducing privacy breaches (e.g. long-term storage and destruction of paper or electronic health records).

Practice & Standards Consultants

Telephone: 204-774-3477 ext. 301
Toll-free: 1-800-665-2027 ext. 301 (Manitoba only)
Fax: 204-775-6052
practice@crnm.mb.ca