• Changes to the Certificate of Financial Incapability Process: RPNs as Qualified Health Care Providers

    October 20, 2014

    Effective December 01, 2014, Registered Psychiatric Nurses will be one of several qualified health care providers who may conduct the functional component of the assessment to determine incapability for managing financial affairs, provided they meet the standards, limits and conditions set by the CRPNBC and follow employer policies. The CRPNBC Limits and Conditions can be found here.

    Recently the Ombudsperson made 28 recommendations directed at health authorities, the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Health to enhance fairness in the process of issuing certificates of incapability. The new framework will provide significant procedural protections for the adult, including enhanced notifications, standards for conducting assessments, and clarity on what factors must be considered prior to issuing a certificate of incapability. Further information can be found here.


    October 19, 2014

    Please click here for letter of October 17, 2014, and here for update of October 21, 2014.

  • 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.

  • 2013/2014 CRPNBC Annual Report

    June 9, 2014

    The 2013/2014 annual report is now available and can be viewed at the following link: 2013/2014 CRPNBC Annual Report (pdf)

  • 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.

  • New Standards, Limits and Conditions for RPN Practice

    April 5, 2014

    CRPNBC has published new standards, limits and conditions that apply to RPN practice – they can all be found in the new section on this website called “Nursing Standards”. The two new standards are Acting Without an Order and Acting With an Order, which set out the levels of performance RPNs must meet when acting either with or without an order from another health professional. Limits and conditions are restrictions related to a specific nursing activity. 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.


    December 5, 2013

    The CRPNBC Board of Directors has approved a new three year strategic plan for the College.
    Click here to view.


    November 18, 2013

    The federal government has announced the funding for two credential recognition projects that involve RPNs: the RPNC’s Mobility and Assessment of Canadian and Internationally Educated Psychiatric Nurses, and the National Nursing Assessment Service project, which will provide a single entry point for any international nurse applying to Canada. For the press release about the RPNC project, click here. For the press release about the NNAS project, click here.


    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.


    September 17, 2013

    CRPNBC is participating in a campaign by over 20 health regulators to raise public awareness of the role Colleges play in patient and client safety, which professions are regulated, why it’s important to choose a regulated health provider, and what can be done if clients have concerns about the care they receive. The theme of the campaign is “Our Purpose, Your Safety.” The campaign includes: a website (, province wide bus shelters, closed captioning television, posters, and select print media.


    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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