BCNPA News & Announcements
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. For more information, please go to: 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.
2017 Conference: Early Bird Registration now open!
Online registration is now open for NPs who have education funding that must be spent by end of 2016. Early bird rates are in effect until May 1, 2017. Specific workshop information will be available online in the New Year once programming has been finalized. For registration please go to: registration link
Program Preview – Pre-conference workshops planned to date:
- IUD insertion with endometrial biopsy.
- Trigger point injections.
- Biopsy and suturing.
- Substance abuse guidelines.
- Joint injections.
Keynote Speaker: – We are pleased to announce that Dr. Eileen Owen-Williams, Clinical Professor of Nursing, University of Arizona, is the Keynote Speaker for Conference 2017. She has been an educator in the US and Canada over the past couple of decades, and is active in establishing NP programs in BC. For more information regarding Dr. Owen-Williams, go to: https://bcnpa.org/events/conference-2017/keynote-speaker/
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