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BCNPA News & Announcements

Changes under the Laboratory Services Act (LSA)

Two decisions were made recently under the Laboratory Services Act (LSA) by the Ministry of Health for the following items:

  • LSA2017-034: Antinuclear Antibodies Testing (ANA), and
  • LSA2017-039: Chlamydia and Gonnorhea testing using Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) for specimens collected by swabs.

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 Laboratory Services at

BCNPA – Second Discussion Paper

BCNPA is pleased to share with you our second discussion paper “Specialized Services: NPs Working Collaboratively to Improve the Continuum of Care”.   The member authors have developed a comprehensive plan to fully integrate nurse practitioners (NPs) across the provincial health care system with the launch of a revitalized strategy that will improve acute care, including ambulatory and residential care delivery in BC.    Special thanks to the working group and all involved.
Link to paper:  BCNPA-Specialized-Final-January 9-2017
Link to toolkit:  BCNPA-Toolkit-Final-Dec-21-2017

BCNPA 13th Annual ConferenceSpecial early bird registration is open!

The Conference Organizing Committee is aware that there are NPs who have access to educational funding that can be used for the conference but these funds must be spent before the end of the calendar year.  We would like to assist by opening up conference registration extra early – for everyone.  Online registration is now available at: Conference 2018 Registration    The Early Bird rates continue until April 18th, 2018.

Workshops choices are available!  Please checkout the website for the full description of the exciting workshops available in 2018.  Topics, instructors and course descriptions can be found at:  Workshop information

Over the coming weeks we will be providing more information on program highlights so please check the website for updates.

Come join us in Nanaimo in 2018 – you’ll have a great time!

Members: Town Hall Follow-Up

(Dec. 3, 2017): A follow-up email to the Nov. 22 member town hall is arriving in your inboxes shortly. We are planning more member face-to-face opportunities in the New Year. In the meantime, please join the Members’ Forum on Facebook, and the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners BC (NNPBC) web to receive more information on the nursing associations amalgamation project.

Longtime Member and BCNPA Past-President Appointed Primary Health Care Lead in Nursing Policy Secretariat

(Nov. 1, 2017) Effective October 30, 2017, Dr. Natasha Prodan-Bhalla, DNP, MN, NP (A), BScN is the Nurse Practitioner and Primary Health Care Lead (0.7 FTE) in the Nursing Policy Secretariat in the Ministry of Health.

Natasha was the Collaborative Practice Leader, Nurse Practitioners with the Provincial Health Services Authority and an NP at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre where she will continue part time (0.2 FTE) in providing integrated primary care for women. She has provided over a decade of leadership with BCNPA and was the lead for the association’s work on primary care transformation in BC. She has been a member of the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations since its inception and is one of two BC representatives on the NP Association of Canada.

Congratulations Natasha on your new and important role!

 Seeking Volunteers for National NP Week Project: Deadline to Sign Up: Nov. 4

(Nov. 1, 2017): National NP Week is Nov. 12-18 and we need volunteers for a project – an NP awareness building campaign with MLAs and community leaders across BC!
Time commitment is about 2-3 hours starting Nov. 5 to Nov. 19. All NPs are welcome. Please contact us at to sign up or for more information.

If you are already a BCNPA member and would like to get involved, please join the BCNPA Members’ Forum on Facebook for details, and to connect with the project lead.

BCNPA CONFERENCE 2018 – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (Deadline: November 1, 2017)

(Sept. 10) Our 13th Annual BCNPA Conference is set for  June 7-9, 2018 in Nanaimo, BC!

We invite you to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations. We welcome abstracts of from all streams of practice including scientific research, clinical practice, practice innovation, policy and leadership.

The BCNPA conference is the one of the only and best professional development for NPs in the province, and provides a unique opportunity to share knowledge, enrich leadership skills, and network with your NP colleagues.

Download the call for Abstracts Guidelines and Application Form 2018Deadline for submission is November 1st.

The BCNPA Conference is Back! Save the Dates Now for #BCNPA2018 (June 7-9, 2018)


(Aug. 15) We are back!! The BCNPA Conference Committee is already hard at work planning #BCNPA2018! Many thanks to the beautiful Vancouver Island Conference Centre and the Coast Bastion Hotel who are hosting the #BCNPA2018 and delegate accommodations.

Call for abstracts forthcoming with the full program available in early December.

Visit this the conference page or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates!

Island Health Informational Video Showcases BCNPA Members to Educate Public on the Role of NPs in Health

(July 22) Watch Island Health’s latest video that describes what NPs are, what they do, and how they work with other roles in health to serve patients. Includes testimonials from patients and primary care providers. Video features BCNPA members Dani Daigle, Pat Peterson, Rosemary Graham, Lynn Guengerich, and a host of others! (Video length: 13 min. 9 sec.)

Past President Kathleen Fyvie Recognized as one of CNA’s 150 Nurses for Canada

(July 17) Past President Kathleen Fyvie has been named one of the Canadian Nurses Association‘s (CNA) 150 Nurses for Canada to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary as a Confederation. Read more about 150 Nurses for Canada. Read Kathleen’s profile.

Good-bye BC CareCard. Hello BC Services Card.

(July 17) The BC CareCard is being phased out and will be replaced by the BC Services Card by February 2018. As care providers, NPs can assist in a smooth transition by informing patients of the coming changes and where the switch can be made. BC Service Cards can be obtained at ICBC licensing offices, Service BC centres and other appointed agents.

BCNPA Member Patrice Gordon Speaks to the Williams Lake Tribune on how the Community is Fighting the Wildfire Blazes

(July 19) Prescriptions coming from Lower Mainland to the Chilcotin. Williams Lake’s wildfire evacuation order forces West Chilcotin communities to get creative.

(July 14)  Locals continue battling Kleena Kleene complex fire.

The Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (CAAPN) is now the Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada (NPAC)

(June 21, 2017) At the AGM on April 20, members voted to transition the organization from the Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses to the Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada. There has been a lot of work behind the scenes including formally changing our letters of incorporation to reflect the new name and updating the website and email addresses.

Read the full email from NPAC President Roberta Heale.

2016-17 Annual Report Now Available

The annual report for the 2016-17 membership cycle is now available online to view or download

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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