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BCNPA News & Announcements

“Nurse practitioners can solve B.C. primary care woes, conference told”

You will want to read the article by Heather Kent for CanadianhealthcareNetwork:  NPs can solve BCs primary care woes

Message from Roberta Heale, President of CAAPN ACIIPA

Please take a look at the attached email received recently from Roberta Heale regarding the new CAAPN ACIIPA website and the very important upcoming Annual General Meeting.  Pres CAAPN ACIIPA email

BCNPA Conference 2017 – Program and workshops are available!

The goal of the Conference Committee is to provide members with opportunities for professional growth and practice, to offer interesting and educational topics, and provide you the opportunity to network with other NPs around the province.  Take a look at the 3 day program:  Conference 2017 Program

Register today – early bird rate is in effect until May 1st!    Conference 2017 Registration Link

Note: If you have already registered for the conference and wish to add workshops, please contact Venue West for assistance – Maria at  or call toll free 1-866-481-5226.

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

BCNPA NP Campaign for National Nursing Week (May 8-14): We Want to Feature YOU!

This week recognizes the work of all nurses across Canada and raises awareness of what nurses do in health. This year, BCNPA is participating by launching our own NP awareness building campaign…and we want to showcase our members and the great work you do!

We are looking to profile our members from across the province in different work environments (e.g. rural, non-profit, hospice, health authority, DTES, etc.) who work with different populations.

If you or an NP colleague (they must be a BCNPA member in good standing) would like to be profiled, please email us at and we’ll send you a short questionnaire to complete. We’ll also need an excellent photo of yourself.

Deadline for submissions: Monday March 6 at 5 PM.

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.


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BCNPA Proposes a “new model’ of primary health care, that focuses on improving access to health care services for British Columbians 

In this discussion paper, “ Primary Care Transformation in British Columbia: A New Model for Integrating Nurse Practitioners” the BCNPA describes a new primary health care model, that encourages a focus on place-based, multidisciplinary teams, shared governance, and care that is developed with and wrapped around patients.  Incorporated within this discussion paper is a funding strategy proposal that has the potential to immediately place the NP workforce in a strong position to support the Ministry of Health’s goal to ensure all citizens have a primary care provider within a revitalized health care system.   Focusing on underserved citizens, families and communities, the broad goal of the BCNPA primary health care model is to work towards increasing attachment to a consistent primary care provider (PCP) for citizens who have difficulties accessing a provider and improving appropriate access to care when needed.  (Open the link on a desktop or laptop to read more.  Formatting changes may occur using tablets/smartphones).

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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 or Angela Deering at

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:      For updated CDS prescribing resource centre, refer to:

Practice Update:  Role of Nurse Practitioners in Medical Assistance of Dying
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:   For additional information, please go to:   Updated Medical Assistance in Dying resource centre:   and Revised NP Scope of Practice Document:


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


View our events calendar for more.





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