ARNPEI is currently reaching out to the public as part of the process to develop a new strategic plan for 2017-2020.  As ARNPEI’s mandate is focussed on the partnership between RNs/NPs and the public of PEI, we wish to ensure opportunities for the public to provide input into the development of ARNPEI’s goals and priorities over the next three years. 


We are particularly interested in assessing the public’s understanding of the role of the registered nurse (RN) and nurse practitioner (NP). As you are likely well aware, the Canadian health system has undergone many changes over the past decade and the role of the RN has evolved.  In addition, the role of nurse practitioners was introduced in PEI in 2006 and the number of NPs increases each year.


The survey presented here identify some of the responsibilities of the RN and NP.  We are interested in your understanding of these roles, how you see these roles fitting into the health system and any recommendations you may suggest.  We also want your thoughts and suggestions for other priorities based on your experiences.

 Please click here to complete this 8 question short survey.

Released June 6, 2016

Medical Assistance in Dying:
What Every Nurse Should Know

On January 15, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada suspended the operation of its declaration in Carter v. Canada permitting Physician-Assisted Death until June 6, 2016 to allow the government to respond to its decision.

The federal government has since drafted Bill C-14 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying), which, if passed, will become the law governing Medical Assistance in Dying [“MAID”] (also referred to as Physician-Assisted Death) in Canada. Bill C-14 has not yet been adopted; it is still currently being debated before the Senate, and could still be adopted, with or without amendments, in the near future.  

What does this mean for nurses in Canada?  Nurses have always been central care providers in end-of-life care.  There are two scenarios to consider, for nurse practitioners [“NPs”] and registered nurses [“RNs”]:

 For nurse practitioners:

1)  Since Bill C-14 did NOT pass into law by June 6, 2016, what does this mean for NPs?

2)  Once/if Bill C-14 becomes law, what does this mean for NPs?

For registered nurses (and other nursing professions):

1)  Since Bill C-14 did NOT pass into law by June 6, 2016, what does this mean for RNs?

2)  Once/if Bill C-14 becomes law, what does this mean for RNs?

General Q & A:  More answers to some pressing questions*


* If you have more questions that are not addressed in this briefing, please send them to us at, and we will include the answers in an updated version.



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