This page has Notices from the last 2 months.  For all current Notices, click here.

  • RPN Scope of Practice Education Plan for 2016

    April 12, 2016

    CRPNBC Scope of Practice Webinars are starting! Webinars will be 90 mins and are scheduled as follows:

    April 14: 11-1230 hrs (PDT)
    April 27: 1400-1530 hrs (PDT)
    May 16: 1200-1330 hrs (PDT)
    May 24: 1400-1530 hrs (PDT)

    No registration is required; follow this URL to join the meeting:

    Details please click here.

  • National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) Strategic Plan

    April 11, 2016

    The NNAS has launched their 2016-19 Strategic Plan: Building a Foundation for the Future. The news release and strategic plan can be found here.

  • Day at the Legislature

    April 1, 2016

    The BC Coalition of Nursing Associations is hosting the 3rd Annual “Day at the Legislature”, on May 9th, 2016 from 8:30am to 7pm in Victoria, British Columbia.  Visit to sign up for this opportunity to network with government and nursing colleagues, observe Question Period, hear government speak about the importance of nursing, attend an Open House with MLAs in the Legislature and more.

  • Revised Practice Standard

    April 1, 2016

    The practice standard Medication Administration has been amended to reflect the expanded list of health professionals that are authorized to give an order to RPNs as cited in the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation. Click here for this standard.

  • Working Towards a New Regulatory Body for Nursing

    March 24, 2016

    The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC) and the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) recently wrote together to the Minister of Health to advise him that the two organizations will be exploring next steps in the development of a new regulatory body for RPNs, RNs and NPs to replace the current organizations.

    As communicated earlier (see the December 14, 2015 announcement here) CRPNBC, CRNBC and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC (CLPNBC) engaged in the development of an exploratory business case to look at the advantages, risks and benefits of considering a new regulatory organization for all nurses, while maintaining the distinct professional roles and designations of each discipline. That exercise confirmed that working towards a common regulatory body would allow us to better and more efficiently serve the public interest.

    At this stage, CRPNBC and CRNBC are moving to the next step: to engage in stakeholder dialogue and to partner with government as we work towards this goal. More information about the Colleges’ efforts will be provided to registrants, the public and our stakeholders, as the work unfolds. We look forward to engaging with all of you as we explore this possibility. Please stay tuned to our newsletters and websites for updates on our progress.

  • Revised Practice Standard

    March 20, 2016

    The practice standard Appropriate Use of Title has been amended to reflect the reserved titles cited in the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation. Click here for this standard.

  • Change to Scope of Practice for RPNs

    March 15, 2016

    CRPNBC has made a change to the Scope of Practice for RPNs: Standards, Limits and Conditions document published on February 17, 2016 and effective on March 18, 2016.  The original document stated:

    “There are also many nursing activities that RPNs do not carry out because they do not fall within the scope of psychiatric nursing – such as carrying out cardiac stress tests or ECGs.”

    However, CRPNBC has since learned that there is at least a small group of RPNs who carry out ECGs with additional education from the employer.  So as not to restrict current RPN practice at this time, CRPNBC removed the words “or ECGs” from the document until we have had an opportunity to conduct a review and consultation process regarding ECGs and whether any limits or conditions on this practice are appropriate.

    If you have any questions or currently do ECGs in a setting other than Children’s and Women’s Hospital, please contact Colleen Calderwood, CRPNBC Practice Manager at [email protected].


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