According to the Nursing Act, 1991, “The practice of nursing is the promotion of health and the assessment of, the provision of care for, and the treatment of health conditions by supportive, preventive, therapeutic, palliative and rehabilitative means in order to attain or maintain optimal function.”
"In Ontario, nursing is one profession with two categories of care providers — registered nurses (RNs) and registered practical nurses (RPNs). In most ways, the two categories are subject to the same regulatory requirements." (Office of the Fairness Commissioner, 2007).
RPN stands for “Registered Practical Nurse” and is a designated title as first defined in 1993 by the Regulated Health Professions Act and is protected by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). The Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) is a support organization, educational resource and advocacy body for RPNs.
RPNs receive their foundational education through a College of Applied Arts and Technology and often take additional courses in specialty interest areas. In order to practice as a nurse in Ontario, RPNs must successfully complete an exam administered by the College of Nurses of Ontario, renew their registration annually and keep up to date on current practices. The CNO operates in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the Nursing Act, 1991.
For full details about the RPNs and Ontario regulators, visit these links: