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BCNPA News & Announcements

BC Pediatric Asthma Guidelines Survey – Deadline:  April 14

The survey is to gather feedback on your awareness of new BC Guidelines on Asthma in Children (Diagnosis and Treatment). To all BC NPs: the survey is super short, so please take a moment to complete it to have your perspective reflected.

View the guidelinesView the entire series of BC Guidelines. Contact for questions: Shannon Moffat, Child Health BC,

BCNPA President Kathleen Fyvie Speaks with Tim Dickert of CKNW Weekend.

(Broadcast April 8, 2017) Kathleen speaks on what NPs do for British Columbians, how BCNPA is working with government, and why it is important to integrate the role into primary car. (Enter audio date: April 8; audio time; 2:00 pm; segment starts at 22:15.) Note: this audio segment is only available until April 18.

BCNPA President Kathleen Fyvie Speaks with Josh Pagé on CBC Radio West in Kelowna

(Broadcast April 6, 2017) Kathleen speaks extensively about the role of NPs, what they do, how the profession can offset some of the challenges in the BC health system, and the opening of the new health centre in Kamloops. Listen to the broadcast: segment starts at 35:16.

Contact Your MLA to Advocate for NPs in Your Community

With the upcoming provincial election in May, make it known that NPs are critical to the future of BC’s healthcare system. BCNPA has created a letter template that you, colleagues, friends and family can send to your local MLA. Download the letter template. Include one of BCNPA’s brochures with your letter to provide more information on the NP role in health.

BCNPA President Kathleen Fyvie Speaks with Stephen Quinn on CBC1: On the Coast

(Broadcast April 6, 2017) Kathleen Fyvie was interviewed by the CBC in response to Walk-In Clinics of BC’s petition for more physicians and offers the NP perspective on how the role can complement the work of physicians and walk-in clinics in providing primary care. Listen to the broadcast: segment starts at 1:16:30. Read the follow-up article.

BCNPA Responds to Walk-In Clinics of BC’s Petition for More Physicians

(News Release April 5, 2017) Read BCNPA’s press release in response to a segment that CBC aired on April 4, 2017. Read the article and listen to the original CBC segment.

New funding to help create team-based primary care services throughout B.C.

(News Release April 3, 2017)    Today, Health Minister Terry Lake announced $90 million in new funding over three years to bring integrated team-based primary care services to more communities throughout British Columbia.  For more information go to:

BCNPA NP Awards of Excellence

Do you know a Nurse Practitioner who provides exemplary teaching, research, clinical practice or administration to the Nurse Practitioner collaborative community in BC?   For the first time in the history of the association, BCNPA will be recognizing two exceptional nurse practitioner members in the province with the inaugural BCNPA Award of Excellence.  For more information and how to nominate a special individual, please go to: Awards of Excellence

“Nurse practitioners can solve B.C. primary care woes, conference told”

You will want to read the article by Heather Kent for CanadianhealthcareNetwork:  NPs can solve BCs primary care woes

Message from Roberta Heale, President of CAAPN ACIIPA

Please take a look at the attached email received recently from Roberta Heale regarding the new CAAPN ACIIPA website and the very important upcoming Annual General Meeting.  Pres CAAPN ACIIPA email

BCNPA Conference 2017 – Program and workshops are available!

The goal of the Conference Committee is to provide members with opportunities for professional growth and practice, to offer interesting and educational topics, and provide you the opportunity to network with other NPs around the province.  Take a look at the 3 day program: Conference 2017 Program

Register today – early bird rate is in effect until May 1st!    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.

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.  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.


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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).

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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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