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Maternity Matters Tour
MLA Jennifer Rice, New Democrat spokesperson for Rural and Northern Health, will be touring the province to discuss equity in rural and northern maternity care and is very interested in meeting with nurse practitioners in their local communities. More information regarding tour dates/venues see the attached. Maternity Matters tour

Beverley & John Carl Scholarship for Student Members of BCNPA
The Beverley & John Carl Scholarship is available to eligible BCNPA student members in the amount of $1,000 and submissions will be accepted until Mar 31st. The criteria is:
– Must be a resident of the province of British Columbia
– Must be enrolled in a British Columbia Nurse Practitioner program
– Must be a student member of the BC Nurse Practitioners Association
– Demonstrated ability for nursing leadership
The scholarship is available through the Canadian Nurses Foundation. Please go to the website for more information regarding the application process: Scholarship information

Seminar: Two-day Treating Addiction Seminar with Dr. William R. Miller, March 10-11, 2016, Whistler Convention Centre
This seminar will the latest clinical science associated with treating addiction and discuss how to apply it into practice. The full continuum of care is addressed providing a menu of evidence-based treatment methods. For information go to: Treating Addiction Seminar

Workshop: 5As of Health Pregnancy Weight Gain, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, Arbutus Club, 2001 Nanton Ave. Vancouver, BC
UBC Continuing Professional Development in partnership with Perinatal Services BC and the Vancouver Division of Family Practice, bring you a new workshop on using the 5As counselling technique for discussing healthy pregnancy weight gain with your patients. This session is open to health care professionals working in perinatal care, with focus on family physicians, specialists, nurse practitioners, midwives, and dietitians. For more information on this workshop, please go: UBC CPD workshop

Course: PEARLS for Immunization Practice
This course was developed by the British Columbia Immunization Committee Professional Education Working Group and is useful as a refresher course for health providers, including public health nurses and nurse practitioners, who have a foundation of immunization knowledge and seek to update their immunization skills and theoretical understanding. For further information please go to: Promotion of PEARLS for (NP) professional newlsetters – FINAL Dec 2015-1

Course: Managing Urgent/Emergent Clinical Problems in Children: A Course for Nurse Practitioners, University of Toronto, School of Nursing, April 15-17, 2016
The University of Toronto, School of Nursing, invites you to attend their course on April 15 – 17th. Webcast is available. For more information go to: U of T Managing Urgent/Emergent Clinical Problems in Children

Course: Managing Urgent/Emergent Clinical Problems in Adults: A Course for Nurse Practitioners University of Toronto, School of Nursing, April 15-17, 2016
The University of Toronto, School of Nursing, invites you to attend their course on April 15 – 17th. Webcast is available. For more information go to: U of T Managing Urgent/Emergent Clinical Problems in Adults

Guide Dog and Service Dog Act and program will be implemented on Mon. Jan. 18th
Individuals may ask their nurse practitioner or physician to complete the medical form in order to confirm the need for a guide dog or service dog. Please refer to the attached letter and additional information.
Med Form for Guide or Service Dog
Guide Dog and Service Dog Certification Program Information
NP access to Pharmanet
Please refer to the attached letter for additional information for access to the Pharmanet service. As well, please refer back to the website for future updates and additional information. BCNPA-ARNBC-PharmaNet Jan 16

Announcement: PharmaNet Access for NPs Effective Immediately, Jan. 10, 2016
Effective immediately, the Ministry of Health is opening the enrolment of NPs for access to the BC Ministry of Health PharmaNet system. Details of how to enroll are included in the attached letter. Pharmanet Letter to BCNPA Jan 16
BCNPA Conference 2016 – Special Early Bird Registration is Open!
To assist those of you who might have funding that needs to be spent before the New Year, we have opened up conference registration extra early. *Please note: online registration will be amended in the early new year to include workshop selection.*

Online registration is available at:

BCNPA News Bulletin – Fall 2015
Take a look at the latest BCNPA news including President Introduction and updates. BCNPA News Bulletin – Fall 2015

Notice to Palliative Care Stakeholders – Important Updates to BC Palliative Care Benefits
The Ministry of Health and BC health authorities are pleased to announce improvements to BC Palliative Care Benefits effective October 29, 2015.  Please refer to link for more information.  Improvements to BC Palliative Care Benefits Oct 2015

Ministry of Health Response to Policy Forum
On July 15, 2015, the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations (BCCNA) hosted the forum A Nursing Community Call to Action: A Collaborative Approach to Improving BC’s Health System. The forum included LPNs, NPs, RNs and RPNs and special guests including representatives from the Ministry of Health. A letter has been received from Ted Patterson, Assistant Deputy Minister Health Sector Workforce Division, and is attached for your information.
BCCNA-Nursing-Policy-Forum-Appreciation 2015

The member organizations of the BCCNA are: Association of Registered Nurses of BC, Association of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC, BC Nurse Practitioner Association, Licensed Practical Nurses Association of BC, and the Nursing Education Council of BC.

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Nurse Practitioners check out this practice support resource that is available to you!

The RACE (Rapid Access to Consultation and Evaluation) has introduced a APP called eRACE.

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The BC Ministry of Health developed and published policy papers designed to improve three core areas of the B.C. health system:

  • Primary and Community Care in BC
  • Future Directions for Surgical Services in BC
  • Rural Health Services in BC

In presenting the papers, Government requested that stakeholders consider their readiness to participate in a collaborative approach to implementing changes.

The BC Coalition of Nursing Associations (ARNBC, ARPNBC, BCNPA, LPNABC, NECBC), hosted a policy forum on July 15th to gather and develop the ideas and recommendations of BC nurses in response to the policy papers.

Click here for details



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:

  1. 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
  2. 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 for more information.

Additional Personal Liability protection can be obtained from the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS)

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