10 years: Celebrating success… focusing on the future
BCNPA’s 10th annual conference will be held from June 12-15, 2015 in beautiful downtown Vancouver, B.C. at the centrally located Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Our goals are to provide NPs with opportunities for professional growth and practice, offer an interesting and educational program with topics covering the life span of patients in our practices, and the opportunity to network with BCNPA members with similar interests.
The call for abstracts is now closed (as of January 26, 2015). Thank you to all who submitted!
Stay tuned to this space for information about how to register for this historic 10th annual conference!
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Personal Liability Insurance
Over the past year the BC Nurse Practitioner Association has been advocating for changes to the current insurance policy held by College of Registered Nurses of BC for Nurse Practitioners. We are pleased to announce that through our advocacy work changes to the policy have been implemented to provide individual Nurse Practitioners with insurance that provides for greater personal liability protection. While this policy does not support all our requires as a profession we are pleased to see that the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) and Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC) have heard our concerns and responded appropriately. We look forward to working with the CRNBC and ARNBC towards having a policy that will fully support Nurse Practitioner needs in the future.
The current policy is held by Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) Canada Inc. and is being managed through ARNBC.
The insurance coverage is restricted to:
- Nursing services that constitute the practice of nursing in accordance with the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation under the Health Professions Act and the CRNBC Standards of Practice
- Your insurance is provided by Encon Group Inc. The liability limits are:
- Ten million ($10,000,000 CAD) for nurse practitioners
- There is no deductible. The coverage is worldwide, as long as any claim is first brought against you in Canada. This insurance will only pay limits in excess of any other insurance (or protection) available to you through your employer or other sources.
- You are also provided with Commercial General Liability insurance by Encon Group Inc. The limit of liability is $2,000,000. A deductible of $500 applies to property damage claims. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Ebola Virus Preparedness
Although the potential risk of an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in British Columbia is still considered to be very low, the Ministry of Health and the Office of the Provincial Health Officer are taking the preparedness concerns raised by nurses and others very seriously. The Ministry has set up a Task Force with public health officials, infectious disease experts and others, to ensure that all health providers are protected and knowledgeable about the proper procedures and protocols for managing should any cases of Ebola be verified in British Columbia.
In addition, the Ministry and the Provincial Health Officer have established regular weekly teleconferences with health partners to share information and answer questions regarding the current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) situation in British Columbia. The BCNPA is part of these discussions, and will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure Nurse Practitioners are able to receive the most up-to-date information on Ebola as it becomes available.
If you have any questions or concerns you would like us to raise during these teleconferences, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work to ensure your voice is heard.
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In British Columbia a Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a Registered Nurse with a Masters Degree, advanced knowledge and skills who provides high quality health care. NPs are able to diagnose, consult, order & interpret tests, prescribe, and treat health conditions. They work independently and collaboratively to provide British Columbians with Primary and Specialized Health Care using a team-based approach.
Click here to learn more about our recent campaign in support of Nurse Practitioners.