Self-employed RNs may provide health services independently, in partnership with other practitioners, or employ others to do so.
Examples of roles a self-employed RN might hold:
- Health promotion and preventative services, such as health screening
- Curative, restorative or palliative services, such as dressing changes, home care, foot care, counseling
- Health care consulting services to agencies or organizations
It is important for you to know whether you are providing nursing service as an employee, or as a self-employed RN.
The self-employed RN is expected to:
- Adhere to all professional standards and expectations for practice
- Practice within his or her area of competence
- Utilize available educational resources to attain and maintain competence
- Have the theoretical knowledge, skill, and experience to safely, competently provide professional services appropriate to their practice
- Practice within the boundaries established by legislative, regulatory, ethical and professional standards and scope of practice
- All RNs and NPs are required to notify ARNNL of a change in name, address or employer no later than 30 days after the effective date of the change. Additionally, all RNs and NPs are required to indicate all employers on licensure renewal applications.
- When reporting nursing practice hours for licensure/renewal, documentation confirming your hours of nursing practice through self-employment must be verified by an independent third party. Acceptable third party sources include an accountant, tax specialist or office manager. Self-report of hours cannot be accepted. Contact ARNNL if you have questions about reporting self-employment hours.
- Further information regarding registration and licensure is available in the Registration & Renewal section.
Other Resources for Self-Employed RNs
- Self-Employed Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners (2016)
- The Personal Health Information Act
- CSA Codes & Standards
- Canadian Nurses Protective Society
- Resources for RNs Providing Foot Care
Once you have reviewed the information related to self-employment, you may contact an ARNNL Practice Consultant for further questions or clarification.