• Registration Renewal

    December 18, 2014

    Registration Renewal Opens on January 5, 2015

    Your registration with CRPNBC expires on February 28, 2015.  Registration renewal can only be done online through My Record, starting at 8 a.m. on January 5, 2015. Instructions on the process can be found by clicking the Registration Renewal button to the left.

    New Practice Standard:  Duty to Report under the Health Professions Act

    Many statutes have mandatory reporting provisions that are applicable to Registered Psychiatric Nurses.  However, this practice standard refers specifically to obligations under the Health Professions Act, which establishes a legal duty for RPNs to report when there is a good reason to believe that a health professional’s practice is impaired, incompetent or unethical and may pose a risk to the public.  Click here for this practice standard and to learn about your obligations.


    December 2, 2014

    The CRPNBC Board of Directors has approved the recently released national document, Registered Psychiatric Nurse Entry-Level Competencies, for use in British Columbia effective December 1, 2014.  Click here for the BC version of this document, which will guide curriculum development in BC and the assessment of international psychiatric nursing education programs.  It is also anticipated that the document will increase public and employer awareness of the practice expectations of entry-level RPNs, and will help to provide role clarity.

  • Certificate Of Incapability Process Guide and Course-November 25th, 2014

    November 26, 2014

    The  Ministry’s course on the certificate of incapability process is now live on the Learning Hub, and that the PGT has updated their website with new material on the legislative framework coming into force on December 1, 2014.

    Click here for the PGT website, which provides one stop shopping.

    The PGT website includes:

    • PDF of the Guide
    • The Guide in sections, including the appendices, so if you just want to access “Determine the Need”, you can do that without opening the entire document
    • All 12 forms
    • A link to the Learning Hub
    • Instructions on how to create an account on the Learning Hub and find the course
    • A link to the video recording of the FHA in-person training session; and
    • A link to the video recording of the Geriatric Medicine Rounds on November 18, hosted by Dr. Martha Donnelly.

    Click here for direct access to the Learning Hub (note – the name of the course is the same as the Guide “A Guide to the Certificate of Incapability Process under the Adult Guardianship Act”).

    This information and access to the PGT website and the Learning Hub is also located on our Nursing Standards Resources and Case Scenarios Page under Financial Incapability Assessment-Adult Guardianship Act.


  • Dispensing Medications Decision Tree

    November 20, 2014

    We are pleased to announce the release of the Dispensing Medications Decision Tree. This tool was developed in conjunction with our colleagues at the College of Registered Nurses of BC.

    The dispensing tree is a tool nurses can use to help guide them when dispensing medications. It is intended to be used in conjunction with the CRPNBC Dispensing Medications practice standard.

    You can find more information here.


    November 5, 2014

    Along with other BC nursing regulators and the BC Care Aide Registry, CRPNBC is participating in a project funded by the Ministry of Health to develop a competency based assessment service for internationally educated practitioners.

    For more information announcing the project, click here.

  • Certificate of Financial Incapability Process

    October 20, 2014

    The provincial course on the certificate of incapability process is now live in the PHSA Learning Hub,  and the Public Guardian and Trustee has updated their website with instructional material.   Under the new legislation that came into force on December 1, 2014, RPNs are one of several qualified health care providers who may conduct a financial incapability assessment if they meet the standards, limits and conditions set by the CRPNBC and follow employer policies. The CRPNBC Limits and Conditions can be found here.


    October 19, 2014

    For complete information, including primary care guidelines, please visit the Provincial Health Officer website at

  • Scope of Practice for Nurses Related to Influenza-like Illness

    October 17, 2014

    The Scope of Practice for Nurses Related to Influenza-like Illness can be viewed at the following link: Scope of Practice.

  • Christmas Office Closures

    September 17, 2014

    CRPNBC Christmas Holiday Office Closures:

    December 9th, 2014 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm for Staff Christmas Lunch

    December 25th, 2014 to January 2nd, 2015 and will reopen on January 5th, 2015

  • HPRBC Public Awareness Campaign Update

    September 15, 2014

    As a member of the  Health Profession Regulators of BC, we are pleased to participate in the public awareness campaign “Care Safe Trust”. Below is a public service announcement that will be shown over the next twelve months on Global TV.  Also, for those in independent practice, here is a flyer that can be distributed to clients.  If you are employed, please first obtain employer consent before using the flyer.

  • RPNC World Congress for Psychiatric Nurses – Call for Abstracts

    August 19, 2014

    August 19, 2014

    The World Congress will be held in Banff, Canada, on May 20, 21 and 22, 2015. The theme is Building on Strengths, A Global Perspective and the conference will explore new best practices, practice innovations, research findings, and research in progress in mental health.

    The deadline for abstract submission for oral and poster presentations has been extended to November 17, 2014.


    For more information, click here.

  • 2014 Education Day, May 9th, Coquitlam Plaza Hotel

    May 23, 2014

    Many thanks to all the presenters and attendees who participated in the 2014 Education Day, ”Trauma-It Affects Us All” .

    For those who could not attend , we are happy to provide you with the Power Point Presentations of the plenary speakers. See links below.

    1. Introduction to Trauma-Informed Practice (ppt)
    2. The Role of Secondary Trauma Stress on Suicidal Ideation and the Acquired Capability for Suicide as an Explanation for the Occupational Risk for Suicide among Mental Heath Nurses (ppt)
    3. Risk Factors and Coping (pdf)
    4. My Boss is a Bully!!! (or is she just doing her job?) (ppt)
    5. Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in Healthcare Professionals (pdf)
  • Standards, Limits and Conditions for RPN Practice – Update

    May 12, 2014

    CRPNBC has published additional Limits and Conditions that apply to RPN practice. Limits and Conditions are restrictions related to a specific nursing activity. The four new publications relate to the following activities:


    • Administering Substances
    • Mechanical Ventilation
    • Oxygen and Humidified Air
    • Wound Care

    All RPNs are required to know and follow the standards, limits and conditions set by CRPNBC. Click here to view the limits and conditions.


    April 2, 2014

    CRPNBC registrants can now obtain a 12-month subscription to for an annual rate of $25.00 plus tax. provides access to a range of online resources, including Canada’s most extensive library designed specifically for nurses. For more information, view the brochure here.  At the end of the calendar year, we will review whether to continue this arrangement with, but your subscription will continue for a full year from the start date. Email to request a subscription. Please note that accounts are set up and processed monthly in one batch.


    October 8, 2013

    CRPNBC has published two new practice standards:
    Dispensing Medication – In order to support inter-collaborative practice, this practice standard was created in conjunction with CRNBC and CLPNBC. Each organization is publishing similar practice standards this fall. In order to allow registrants and employers time to prepare for this standard and develop supports for safe practice, it will come into effect on June 27th, 2014.
    Privacy and Confidentiality – This practice standard comes into effect November 1, 2013.


    June 26, 2013

    We have received a number of queries about whether RPNs can continue to supervise LPNs.In response we confirm that RPNs can continue to supervise LPNs. While the existing LPN Regulation states that an LPN must work under the supervision of an RN, both CRPNBC and CLPNBC¹ agree that supervisory relationships between RPNs and LPNs currently exist. Both RPNs and LPNs are waiting for updated Regulations to be proclaimed. In the meantime supervisory relationships that RPNs have with LPNs should continue pending further information about regulatory changes.If you would like further clarification or assistance please email Fiona Ramsay at
    ¹ CLPNBC (2013). Scope of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses (page 3).


    October 22, 2012

    The Ministry of Health has proposed a new Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation to define the RPN scope of practice and the restricted activities RPNs may perform. The proposed Regulation can be found here.
    The Ministry is also proposing the following regulation changes under the Health Professions Act to implement the shared scope of practice/restricted activities regulatory model for the three nursing professions:
        – Repeal and replacement of the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation
        – Consequential amendments to the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation.
    The proposed regulation for the LPNs can be found here.
    The proposed amendments to the regulation for the RNs and NPs can be found here.
    A table comparing the proposed regulations for the three nursing professions can be found here.
    The CRPNBC submissions commenting on the proposed Regulation can be found here.


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