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Registered Nurses Prescribing Naloxone
Registered nurses (RNs) are now able to prescribe the drug Naloxone in response to a rising number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Alberta. The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) and Alberta Health recognize the skill and experience of RNs and have been actively collaborating with stakeholders on behalf of Albertans to increase RN access to resources such as take-home Naloxone kits. Employers will need to ensure the take-home Naloxone kits are available in the health-care setting.
On Dec. 11, 2015, Health Minister Sarah Hoffman issued a ministerial order that expands the scope of practice for RNs (and other health-care providers including paramedics, EMTs and EMRs).
Before prescribing Naloxone, RNs must meet a number of requirements and conditions.
If you have questions, please contact practice.
Policy and Practice Assistant
College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
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