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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: Dr. Eileen Owen-Williams, Clinical Professor of Nursing, University of Arizona.  Eileen has been an educator in the US and Canada over the past couple of decades, and is active in establishing NP programs in BC.

ARNBC Extraordinary Meeting – Dec. 13th

ARNBC’s 2016 Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) will take place on December 13, 2016 at the Anvil Centre located in New Westminster.  BCNPA is a member of the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations  and want to show our support for ARNBC, a fellow member association on the BCCNA.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider a special resolution to amend the Bylaws. The proposed Bylaw amendments are prompted by the new BC Societies Act that comes into force on November 28, 2016. Learn more about changes to the BC Societies Act or read the BC Societies Act by going here.

The official meeting notice and revised bylaws can be found by going here:

You must register to attend this meeting so please go to the ARNBC site:

BCCNA hosts a Nursing Forum in response to the Opiod Crisis:  Bring your voice!

The BC Coalition of Nursing Associations (BCCNA), an organization that brings the views of  BC’s five nursing associations together, is hosting an Emergency Forum on December 14th, 2016, from 9am to noon at the Wosk Centre in Vancouver.

If you wish to attend this special meeting, you must register on the BCCNA website at: BCCNA Opiod Crisis forum


CPATH National Conference Call for Submissions – Deadline December 16th

The Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH) invites you to join them at their national conference, Transforming the Landscape of Transgender Health and Wellness, taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on October 27th – 29th, 2017.  For more information please go to:


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).


2016 Nursing Awards of Excellence Winners

We would like to congratulate all of the 2016 winners for their outstanding contributions to the nursing profession, especially NPs Tracey Day and Erin Wilson! Please refer to the press release for the full announcement.  NEWS RELEASE – 2016 Awards


The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to December 15th!

For more information as well as the guidelines and submission form, please go to:  BCNPA Conf Abstract info & form


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NP Practice Updates

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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