- October 1, 2015
On October 1, 2015, the Board of Directors of the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC) approved changes to Part IV of the CRPNBC Bylaws for public posting. The proposed changes create a new class of registration for Employed Student Psychiatric Nurses and address gaps in the registration bylaws.
The proposed amendment, along with a “track changes” version for ease of reference, can be found here.
Comments on the proposed changes should be submitted to the CRPNBC or the Ministry of Health by no later than January 1, 2016 to the addresses provided here.
- September 14, 2015
The Limits and Conditions for administering schedule II and III medication have been amended to clarify the routes of administration with or without an order. For full information, review the Limits and Conditions here.
- July 9, 2015
CRPNBC has released its latest annual report, which can be found here.
- April 30, 2015
On April 25, 2015, the Boards of the three nursing regulators (CLPNBC, CRNBC and CRPNBC) met to discuss our ongoing collaboration, and how to best consolidate our relationship for maximum benefits and impact.
- April 13, 2015
The Ministry of Health has taken a key step in proposing changes to the nursing regulations. These changes will clarify the scope of practice of the four nursing disciplines: licensed practical nurses (LPNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), registered nurses (RNs), and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs).
The proposed regulations are important in clarifying the restricted activities for each nursing discipline.
The proposed regulations also clarify the legal authority for NPs, RNs and RPNs to give orders to LPNs. The three nurse regulators (College of Licensed Practical Nurses, College of Registered Nurses of BC, College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC) are revising their scope of practice documents and developing a joint practice standard to help nurses in BC better understand their responsibilities when giving and receiving orders.
Review the proposed changes to each regulation
- Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation
- Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioner Regulation
- Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation
Collaboration among nurse regulators
The three nurse regulators are pleased government is moving ahead to finalize changes to the nursing regulations, and believe it’s important to bring the regulations into force as soon as possible, knowing there will be an opportunity to make minor revisions later.
If you agree that government should move forward with this initiative, and/or you have suggested changes to the regulations, please submit them no later than July 9, 2015, to
Director of Regulatory Initiatives
Professional Regulation and Oversight
Ministry of Health
- February 11, 2015
February 11, 2015
CRPNBC is involved in a project with other nursing regulators and the BC Care Aide Registry to develop a competency based assessment service for internationally educated nurses and care aides. This project is funded by the Ministry of Health.
- December 19, 2014
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.
- November 26, 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.
- 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.
- October 19, 2014
- Ebola Virus Disease Ethical Decision Making Framework – August, 2015
- Provincial Ebola Virus Disease Report on the Action Review – August, 2015
- Standard Operating Procedure – Reusable Personal Protective Equipment – June, 2015
- FAQ for Health Authority Staff and Health Care Workers – May, 2015
- British Columbia Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Contact Investigation and Management Guideline – April 22, 2015
- Recommendations for Isolation Precaution Step Down and Discharge of Persons Under Investigation or Confirmed Ebola Virus Disease Patients – April 22, 2015
- Recommendations for Emergency Departments in Caring for Potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Patients – March 10, 2015
- Ebola Virus Disease – Q&As for Municipal Governments – March 10, 2015
- After Action Report – March 10, 2015
- Home Health Care Guidance Potential Ebola Virus Disease Situations – March 10, 2015
- Standard Operating Procedures – February 12, 2015
- Recommendations for Environmental Services, Biohazardous Waste Management, and Food and Linen Management for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) – February 2, 2015
- Recommendations for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Laboratory Processes – January 21, 2015
- Recommendations for Emergency Departments in Caring for Potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Patients – January 20, 2015
- BC Ebola Preparedness Task Force Sub Committee – November 17, 2014
- Primary Care Guidelines for the Management of People Concerned About /Potentially Exposed to Ebola – November 6, 2014
- Scenario A-Person calls primary health care provider , concerned about or exposed to Ebola – November 6, 2014
- Scenario B-Person arrives at a primary health care centre ,concerned about or exposed to Ebola – November 6, 2014
- Provincial Task Force Organizational Chart – October 29, 2014
- Ebola Virus Disease Personal Protective Equipment – October 29, 2014
- Further Information from Ebola Partner Update – October 29, 2014
- Ebola Update – October 27, 2014
- Important Information on EVD for B.C. Physicians – October 10, 2014
- Update from Minister of Health on Ebola Preparedness – October 21, 2014
- Letter from Minister of Health – October 17, 2014
For complete information, including primary care guidelines, please visit the Provincial Health Officer website at www.health.gov.bc.ca/pho.
- October 17, 2014
The Scope of Practice for Nurses Related to Influenza-like Illness can be viewed at the following link: Scope of Practice.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 [email protected].
¹ CLPNBC (2013). Scope of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses (page 3).
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