BCNPA News & Announcements
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Announcement: Nurse regulators from BC and Ontario are working together to find ways to share and innovate the field of nursing regulation.
College of Registered Nurses of BC, College of Nurses of Ontario, College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC met in July to pursue regulatory initiatives together. The goal is to align programs and regulatory tools wherever possible, improving costs and efficiencies ultimately reducing barriers between provinces to allow for greater movement of nurses. For more information contact CRNBC at http://crnbc.ca
Announcement: Nurse Practitioners will have the authority to fully complete the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Designation Application
The BC Government has amended the Employment and Persons with Disabilities regulation to bring section 136 of Bill 17 into force. This means that effective September 1, 2016, Nurse Practitioners registered to practice with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia will have the authority to fully complete the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Designation Application for patients under their care. Read Kathleen Fyvie’s memo for further information: SDSI PWD Announcement
Announcement: Nurse Practitioners can now prescribe controlled drugs and substances
It is now within the scope of nurse practitioner practice to prescribe, compound, administer or dispense controlled drugs and substances in accordance with the standards, limits and conditions set by the College. For the full announcement please go to: https://crnbc.ca/crnbc/Announcements/2016/Pages/CDS_InEffect.aspx For updated CDS prescribing resource centre, refer to: https://www.crnbc.ca/Standards/NPScopePractice/prescribing/Pages/Default.aspx
Announcement: Role of Nurse Practitioners in Medical Assistance of Dying
The CRNBC Board on July 27, 2016 approved and put into immediate effect standards, limits and conditions related to the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) in determining eligibility for and providing medical assistance in dying (MAiD). These standards, limits and conditions have been incorporated into the NP Scope of Practice document. For the full announcement please go to: https://crnbc.ca/crnbc/Announcements/2016/Pages/MAiD_NProle.aspx For additional information, please go to: Updated Medical Assistance in Dying resource centre: https://www.crnbc.ca/Standards/resourcescasestudies/beinganurse/MAID/Pages/Default.aspx and Revised NP Scope of Practice Document: https://www.crnbc.ca/Standards/Lists/StandardResources/688ScopeforNPs.pdf
Visioning Nursing in BC in 2026!
BCNPA would like thank all Nurse Practitioners who participated in the Visioning Forum hosted by the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations on July 19, 2016. The forum focused on “what nursing will look like in 2026” and Nurse Practitioners were enthusiastic participants in the dialog.
Working Towards a New Regulatory Body for Nursing
The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC) and the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) recently wrote together to the Minister of Health to advise him that the two organizations will be exploring next steps in the development of a new regulatory body for RPNs, RNs and NPs to replace the current organizations. For more information please refer to: New Regulatory Body for Nursing
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