BCNPA News & Announcements
Island Health Informational Video Showcases BCNPA Members to Educate Public on the Role of NPs in Health
(July 22) Watch Island Health’s latest video that describes what NPs are, what they do, and how they work with other roles in health to serve patients. Includes testimonials from patients and primary care providers. Video features BCNPA members Dani Daigle, Pat Peterson, Rosemary Graham, Lynn Guengerich, and a host of others! (Video length: 13 min. 9 sec.)
Past President Kathleen Fyvie Recognized as one of CNA’s 150 Nurses for Canada
(July 17) Past President Kathleen Fyvie has been named one of the Canadian Nurses Association‘s (CNA) 150 Nurses for Canada to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary as a Confederation. Read more about 150 Nurses for Canada. Read Kathleen’s profile.
Good-bye BC CareCard. Hello BC Services Card.
(July 17) The BC CareCard is being phased out and will be replaced by the BC Services Card by February 2018. As care providers, NPs can assist in a smooth transition by informing patients of the coming changes and where the switch can be made. BC Service Cards can be obtained at ICBC licensing offices, Service BC centres and other appointed agents.
BCNPA Member Patrice Gordon Speaks to the Williams Lake Tribune on how the Community is Fighting the Wildfire Blazes
(July 19) Prescriptions coming from Lower Mainland to the Chilcotin. Williams Lake’s wildfire evacuation order forces West Chilcotin communities to get creative.
The Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (CAAPN) is now the Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada (NPAC)
(June 21, 2017) At the AGM on April 20, members voted to transition the organization from the Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses to the Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada. There has been a lot of work behind the scenes including formally changing our letters of incorporation to reflect the new name and updating the website and email addresses.
2016-17 Annual Report Now Available
The annual report for the 2016-17 membership cycle is now available online to view or download
2017 Nursing Week Poster Series Now Available for Printing!
(May 22, 2017) All profiles we featured on social media are now available online for printing. They make an excellent addition to your work place or next trade show. Access the electronic versions.
Contact Your MLA to Advocate for NPs in Your Community
The provincial election might be over, but don’t let that stop you from contacting your MLA!
Make it known that NPs are critical to the future of BC’s healthcare system. Use our template (and share it with your colleagues, friends and family) and can send your local MLA your letter of support. Download the letter template. Include one of BCNPA’s brochures with your letter to provide more information on the NP role in health.
Canadian Nurses Association Seeking NP Assistance re: MAID
The CNA is working with an external vendor to develop online case studies for nurses and nurse practitioners on medical assistance in dying. For more information, please refer to: CNA MAID Request Letter
Announcement re: Continuing Education Fund for Nurse Practitioners
The Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC), in partnership with the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations is pleased to announce that continuing education funds are now available for nurse practitioners who are registered to practice in British Columbia. View information on the Continuing Education Fund for Nurse Practitioners.
As part of the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations, the BCNPA would like to thank the other members of the coalition for their support to help bring these funds to NPs.
BCNPA Proposes a “new model’ of primary health care, that focuses on improving access to health care services for British Columbians
NP Practice Updates
Practice Update: Laboratory Test Update, effective January 24, 2017 – Fentanyl, Urine Screening Immunoassay, B-type Natriuetic Peptide
A decision regarding Fentanyl, urine screening immunoassay and B-type natriuretic peptide was made under Record of Decision by the Ministry of Health. A summary of these decisions can be found on the Laboratory Services website. If you require any further information on this decision please make a request to Stan Bersenev at email@example.com or Angela Deering at firstname.lastname@example.org
Practice Update: Nurse Practitioners will have the authority to fully complete the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Designation Application
Effective September 1, 2016, the Employment and Persons with Disabilities regulation (section 136 of Bill 17) has been amended. Nurse Practitioners registered with the CRNBC 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
Practice Update: Nurse Practitioners can now prescribe controlled drugs and substances. 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
Practice Update: Role of Nurse Practitioners in Medical Assistance of Dying
Effective July 27, 2016 Nurse Practitioners (NPs) can be eligible to provide 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
Professional Development Opportunities
Opportunity: Continuing education online forum for Canadian Nurse Practitioners. This web based organization offers continuing education for NP’s and offers an online forum for NPs to discuss clinical practice, keep abreast of the latest practice guidelines and research. Check out the site to learn more: Continuing Education Canadian NPs