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BCNPA News & Announcements

Key Dates to Remember!

  • Online voting for Board elections opens: Now Open!
  • Online voting for Board elections closes: May 25.
  • Resolutions submissions deadline: June 1. Submit a resolution. (Note: This is open only to BCNPA members.)
  • BCNPA annual general meeting (AGM): June 1 from 1530-1830. View more info. (Note: The AGM is open to BCNPA members only.)
  • BCNPA conference: June 1-3 in Nanaimo. Conference 2017 program and online registration.   Note: Registration deadline is May 19th extended to May 24th!

BCNPA Conference 2017 Program and Workshop Line Up – Registration Deadline Extended to May 24!

Take a look at the Conference 2017 program for the line up over the three days.

Registration deadline has been extended to May 24th! Register online by visiting our  Conference 2017 Registration Link.

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

BCNPA Conference Delegates – fly Harbour Air and receive discount!

Harbour Air is pleased to extend a special discounted rate to attendees of the conference for travel on scheduled flights to and from Nanaimo between the dates of May 30th and June 6th .

Subject to availability, attendees will receive a 20% discount on the regular fares for confirmed travel to/from Nanaimo.

Note: All rates are subject to tax and fees. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions or be paid by Airbucks or TurboBucks and cannot be applied to private charters.

To receive this special discounted rate, attendees must contact the Reservation Department directly at 1.800.665.0212, or, or at Quote promotional code ‘BCNPA06-17’.  You must provide a copy of conference registration or conference badge upon check-in. All schedules and location information available at

BCNPA Conference Accommodation in Nanaimo

Rooms at the preferred rate will be available after May 1st but only upon availability (the blocking is lifted and rooms will be available to the public as of May 1st).  Choices are now limited.

To make a reservation for rooms still available at the preferred rates, call the central reservation line at 1-800-663-1144 and quote Group Code:  CBI-GFC15667.

If you are looking for options, the Vancouver Island Conference has posted this information:

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 

In this discussion paper, “ Primary Care Transformation in British Columbia: A New Model for Integrating Nurse Practitioners”, BCNPA describes a new primary healthcare 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 under-served 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).

View more announcements and updates.

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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