Sumary of Nurse practitioners, doctors should be treated equally under Juries Act, says ONA:
- The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) wants to know why doctors can easily be cleared for jury duty but nurse practitioners aren’t given the same treatment.
- But according to Vicki McKenna, the province’s definition of “medical practitioners” includes working doctors but not nurse practitioners — registered nurses who’ve undergone additional training and testing, and have added responsibilities that include ordering diagnostic tests and prescribing medication.
- Vicki McKenna, president of the Ontario Nurses’ Association, wrote to Ontario’s attorney general about what the ONA sees as a discrepancy in the way doctors and nurse practitioners are treated under the Juries Act.
- (ONA/Twitter) In practice, the discrepancy means that while it’s relatively simple for doctors to secure an exemption from jury duty, the process for nurse practitioners is “lengthy,” said McKenna in a recent letter to Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey.
- Sikand, practice and policy adviser with the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario, said NPs in primary care may be responsible for hundreds of patients — who could be left hanging if their provider stepped away from their duties.
- Amarpreet Sikand, with the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario, says many Ontarians rely on nurse practitioners as their main care providers.
- The difference in how doctors and nurse practitioners are treated in this legislation could reflect an outdated understanding of how primary care operates in Ontario, she said.
- ” ‘I was surprised’ Erin Okanik, a primary health-care nurse practitioner, said she was surprised to hear that NPs are not included in the professional exemption list.