Archived Postings

  • We want your opinion on a new Practice Standard

    October 17, 2016

    CRPNBC is developing a new practice standard on Duty to Provide Care. We are interested in hearing your feedback. To review the draft practice standard and complete the survey, please click here. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. It will be available until October 30, 2016

  • Love doing policy research?

    September 30, 2016

    CRPNBC is seeking policy research assistants, on a contract basis, to complete literature reviews and jurisdictional reviews to support our policy development initiatives. Further information can be found here.

  • Have Your Say! Survey on New Nursing College

    September 9, 2016

    BC’s three nursing colleges—the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC, the College of Registered Nurses of BC, and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC—are joining to form a single nursing regulator for the province. This means licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurse will all be regulated by the same college. Click here for full text and link to the survey.

  • CRPNBC Annual Report 2015-16

    July 2, 2016

    CRPNBC has released its latest annual report, which can be found here.

  • Recent changes to Naloxone

    June 24, 2016

    On March 22, 2016, Health Canada changed the Federal Prescription Drug list to allow for non-prescription naloxone.  As a result, the College of Pharmacists of BC quickly announced updates to the scheduling of naloxone provincially.

    Despite changes in the classification of naloxone, CRPNBC’s current limits and conditions found in Scope of Practice for RPNs: Standards, limits and Conditions (pg. 37-39) for prescribing, dispensing, compounding or administering naloxone (Schedule I) are in effect  for all classifications of naloxone. Find more information here.

     

  • CRPNBC Survey: Scope Standards

    June 15, 2016

    We need your input!

    CRPNBC has been busy incorporating recent revisions to nursing regulations into our standards of practice, specifically around RPN scope of practice.

    This includes making changes to the scope of practice standards for acting with and without an order. We’ve revised the language and introduced a new concept—giving client-specific orders.

    We’ve put together a survey on the changes and we’d love your input. It should take about 15-20 minutes.

    Click here  to take the survey now! The survey will close June 30, 2016.

  • CRPNBC Board Elections

    June 6, 2016

    In September 2016 the terms for three CRPNBC board members will expire. Registrants will need to elect three Registered Psychiatric Nurses to fill the upcoming vacancies. Nominations are open until June 10, 2016. Ballots will be mailed to registrants by July 4 and must be returned to the office by August 3, 2016. The nomination form and an outline of the election process can be found 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: https://crpnbc.adobeconnect.com/crpnbc.

    Details please click here.

  • 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.

  • Bylaw Changes for Employed Student Registrants

    January 11, 2016

    CRPNBC Bylaws now permit the registration of Employed Student Registrants.  This means that health authorities may now hire psychiatric nursing students as Employed Student Psychiatric Nurses (ESPNs) if they wish.  CRPNBC is working on an online registration process for ESPNs, which will be available around mid-February.  Click here for the Bylaws and see Part IV, section  45. 

    Other changes to the Bylaws provide that:  anyone applying for registration must be competent to practice and have English language proficiency; and the Registration Committee may consider substantial equivalency in knowledge, skills and abilities.  See section 41 of the Bylaws.

  • New and Revised Practice Standards

    January 11, 2016

    With the changes to the Bylaws permitting Employed Student Registrants, CRPNBC has published a new practice standard, Employed Student Registrants.  The practice standard Appropriate Use of Title has also been amended.  See also the practice standard Regulatory Supervision of Psychiatric Nursing Student Activities.  Click here for these standards.

  • Registration Renewal Starts January 4

    December 14, 2015

    Registration for the current year expires on February 29, 2016. The renewal process will open on January 4, 2016, after which registration may be renewed through My Record. Detailed instructions will be emailed to all registrants in late December.

  • We want your opinion on the draft Conflict of Interest Practice Standard

    December 2, 2015

    The CRPNBC, CRNBC and the CLPNBC are in the process of coordinating the development of integrated practice standards. The Colleges have recently completed a draft integrated Conflict of Interest practice standard.

    When we develop practice standards we consult with many stakeholders, including our registrants. CRPNBC is interested in hearing your feedback on the draft practice standard Conflict of Interest. To review the practice standard and complete the survey, please click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6R6RNTQ. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. It will be available until December 16, 2015.

    If you have content questions about this survey or the draft Conflict of Interest practice standard please contact Fiona Ramsay ([email protected]).

  • Regulatory Supervision of Psychiatric Nursing Student Activities – New Practice Standard (effective April 1, 2016)

    October 14, 2015

    RPNs have a professional responsibility to provide regulatory supervision of psychiatric nursing student activities that may affect clients. Students do not have the authority to perform these activities independently, but may do them if they are authorized by an RPN. Regulatory supervision is the process RPNs follow to authorize these activities. This new practice standard outlines the process and the expectations of registrants who provide regulatory supervision. It comes into effect on April 1, 2016 and can be found here.

  • Pronouncement of Death – New Limits and Conditions

    October 14, 2015

    There are also new limits and conditions that apply to the pronouncement of death, effective October 1, 2015. Previously, CRPNBC limited RPNs to only pronouncing expected death, but now RPNs may also pronounce unexpected death when they follow an employer approved decision support tool. Review the new limits and conditions here.

  • Post-exposure Chemoprophylactic Agents – New Limits and Conditions

    October 14, 2015

    There are new limits and conditions for administering, compounding and dispensing post-exposure chemoprophylactic agents, effective October 1, 2015. Review the full limits and conditions here.

  • BYLAW AMENDMENT

    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.

  • Office closed Friday, October 2

    September 15, 2015

    The CRPNBC office will be closed on Friday, October 2nd. Staff will be attending Education Day.

  • My Record Closed for Maintenance September 4 to 7

    September 1, 2015

    Our apologies for any inconvenience, but My Record will be unavailable over the labour day weekend.

  • CRPNBC 2015 Education Day

    August 19, 2015

    October 2, 2015
    8:00 am – 4:00 pm

    The GOOD   The BAD   The UGLY – How your Practice Intersects with Regulation

    Executive Plaza Hotel
    405 North Road
    Coquitlam, BC

    $75.00 for Practicing
    $25.00 Non Practicing/Students/Retirees

    View Poster (PDF)

    View Registration Form (PDF)

  • CRPNBC Annual Report 2014-15

    July 9, 2015

    CRPNBC has released its latest annual report, which can be found here.

  • DATA BASE CLOSURE FOR MAINTENANCE JULY 8TH

    July 6, 2015

    Access to My Record and the public Register of RPNs will not be available on July 8 from 6 pm until 4 am.

  • ANNOUNCING THE ASSOCIATION OF REGISTERED PSYCHIATRIC NURSES OF BC

    May 12, 2015

    RPNs have organized an association to advocate for and promote the profession of psychiatric nursing.  The Association will hold a meeting on June 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm, directly after the CRPNBC AGM, at the Executive Plaza Hotel in Coquitlam.  For more information click here.

  • CRPNBC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – JUNE 11, 2015

    May 12, 2015

    This year’s AGM will be held at the Executive Plaza Hotel in Coquitlam (across from Lougheed Mall).  Registration at 11:45 am, lunch at noon, and meeting from 12:30 to 1:30.  The office will be closed from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for staff to attend the AGM.  RSVP by June 5 to [email protected] or 604-931-5200.

  • CRPNBC BOARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

    May 12, 2015

    Nominations are invited for three positions on the CRPNBC Board of Directors.  Nominations must be received by June 15, 2015, and elections will be held in the summer.  For more information, click here.

  • NATIONAL NURSING WEEK:  MAY 11-17

    May 7, 2015

    CRPNBC congratulates all nurses during National Nursing Week.  Nurses are over 50,000 strong in BC, contributing to the care of British Columbians and their health.  Psychiatric nurses have been part of this provincial fabric for over 65 years. The Minister of Health sends his greetings to nurses in this letter. Among the week’s activities:  Nursing Day at the Legislature, organized by the four nursing associations in BC, including the Association of RPNs – nurses are invited to meet with elected and non-elected government officials in Victoria.  For more information about this event, click here.

  • RPNC WORLD CONGRESS FOR PSYCHIATRIC NURSES – New Date

    May 3, 2015

    Early Bird Rates Extended!

    May 20-22, 2015
    Fairmont Banff Springs
    Banff, Alberta

    Discounted registration rates are being offered right up to the start of the conference to allow the opportunity to attend to as many people as possible.  Click here for information about registering.

  • Annual General Meeting – Office Closure

    April 24, 2015

    The CRPNBC office will be closed on June 11, 2015 from 11:30am-1:30pm for the Annual General Meeting at the Executive Inn in Coquitlam.

  • Updated NCAS Assessors Needed

    April 20, 2015

    The Nursing Community Assessment Service  (NCAS) is recruiting RPNs as assessors to participate in the field testing and pilot of their simulation lab assessment tool.

    For further information and an application form please click here.

  • Government posts revised draft nursing regulations, invites feedback

    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

    Brian Westgate
    Director of Regulatory Initiatives
    Professional Regulation and Oversight
    Ministry of Health
    [email protected]

    College contacts

    CLPNBC
    Carina Herman,
    Executive Director/Registrar
    CRNBC
    Cynthia Johansen
    Registrar/CEO
    CRPNBC
    Kyong-ae Kim
    Executive Director/Registrar

     

    Additional resources

    Guidance document explaining the regulation changes and comparing the nursing professions

    Information on shared scope of practice

  • NCAS Assessors Needed

    April 6, 2015

    The Nursing Community Assessment Service  (NCAS) is recruiting RPNs as assessors to participate in the field testing and pilot of their simulation lab assessment tool.

    For further information and an application form please click here.

  • Volunteers needed – 2015 Grads and Students

    April 1, 2015

    The Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) needs the help of both new grads and RPN students graduating in 2015 to participate in field testing the NCAS assessment.

    To find out how you can help click here.

  • PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENT TO SCHEDULE D

    March 26, 2015

    On March 26, 2015, the Board of Directors of the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC approved changes to Schedule D of the CRPNBC Bylaws for public posting.  The proposed changes update the list of psychiatric nursing educational programs recognized by the CRPNBC.

    The proposed amendment and information on how to provide feedback can be found by clicking here.

  • CASN SURVEY ON NURSING WORKPLACE READINESS

    February 24, 2015

    The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing is conducting a survey as part of a project (commissioned by the Principal Nursing Advisors Task Force, funded by Health Canada) related to workplace readiness of new nursing graduates. The successful transition of nursing graduates into the workplace is an issue for employers, governments, educators, and new nurses themselves.  Employers, nurse educators, nurse leaders, staff nurses, new nursing graduates, and all nursing professions have all participated in this project.

    It is estimated the survey should take most respondents no more than 20 minutes to complete, and responses will remain anonymous and confidential.

    To participate in the survey, click here. The survey will close on March 12, 2015.

  • REGISTRATION RENEWAL CLOSES ON FEBRUARY 28, 2015

    February 11, 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.

  • NURSING COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT SERVICE (NCAS)

    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.

    For more information about this project, see the first issue of the NCAS News here and the second issue here.

  • RPNC World Congress for Psychiatric Nurses

    February 8, 2015

    February 8, 2015

    REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

    May 20 – 22, 2015
    Fairmont Banff Springs
    Banff, Alberta

    The World Congress will explore best practices in mental health related to the theme of Building on Strengths, A Global Perspective through interactive presentations and concurrent sessions. The Congress will create new relationships, foster education and research, celebrate innovative clinical practice, and promote leadership in the Psychiatric Nurses community.

    For more information, click here.

  • LEADERSHIP – The Essential Foundations

    January 13, 2015

    LEADERSHIP – The Essential Foundations
    Victoria: February 11, 2015 (early rate deadline January 21)
    Vancouver: February 12, 2015 (early rate deadline January 22)

    This workshop is designed to help new or existing leaders increase their abilities to lead teams. Participants will gain skills to assess team dynamics and to improve trust and influence with those they are leading. At the completion of this workshop participants will be equipped with tools to motivate their team to achieve results.

    Some of the Topics Covered:

    • The Meaning of Leadership
    • Leadership Vision – The ‘Why’
    • Motivating People
    • Leadership Competencies
    • Tools for Assessing Team Dynamics

    Early Rate $225;  Regular Rate $250

    Need this workshop sooner? Click Here to purchase our pre-recorded webinar on the topic.

  • 2015 National Conference of the CFMHN – Call for Abstracts

    January 13, 2015

    CFMHN is accept abstracts for Pre Conference Workshops, Papers and Posters. Please click here to view the Call for Abstracts which includes information on how to submit. This year’s theme is “ Celebrating Canadian Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing Achievements!” Please note that the deadline for submission is Monday, February 9th, 2015 at Midnight.

    To submit an abstract, please click here.

    We look forward to receiving your submissions. Please be sure to pass this along to your network of colleagues.
    Watch for more information on our website: www.cfmhn.ca

  • Registration Renewal Opens on January 5, 2015

    December 19, 2014

    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

    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.

  • NEW ENTRY-LEVEL COMPETENCIES FOR RPNs

    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 Financial Incapability Process

    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.

  • 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.

  • NURSING COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT SERVICE FOR IENs

    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.

  • 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

  • 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)

  • Nominations Open for CRPNBC Board of Directors

    June 8, 2014

    Nominations are now open until July 5, 2014 for three upcoming vacancies for the CRPNBC Board of Directors for a term of 2 years commencing in September, 2014. The nomination form, which explains the process, can be found here.

  • Nurses Meet with Minister of Health

    June 1, 2014

    On May 12, in celebration of National Nursing Week, a group of 20 nurses from the 4 nursing professions (RPNs, RNs, LPNs and NPs) met with Ministry of Health officials, including Minister Lake. The CRPNBC was not involved in this meeting and any RPN in attendance attended in their personal capacity, but summary notes of the meeting can be found 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)
  • National Nursing Week:  May 12-18

    May 12, 2014
    See the letter of greetings and congratulations to all Registered Psychiatric Nurses during National Nursing Week from Steve Brown, the Deputy Minister of Health, by clicking here.
  • 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.

  • Awards of Excellence Recipients

    May 12, 2014

    Our congratulations to the following recipients of the CRPNBC Awards of Excellence, which were awarded at the Annual General Meeting on May 8th:

    • Kathie Anselmo for excellence in Psychiatric Nursing Practice
    • Sandie Somers for excellence in Psychiatric Nursing Leadership/Administration
    • Patricia Vandewiel for excellence in Psychiatric Nursing Education

    With their passion and dedication to what they do, they set a wonderful example for the profession of psychiatric nursing.

  • Awards of Excellence Recipients

    May 12, 2014

    Our congratulations to the following recipients of the CRPNBC Awards of Excellence, which were awarded at the Annual General Meeting on May 8th:

    • Kathie Anselmo for excellence in Psychiatric Nursing Practice
    • Sandie Somers for excellence in Psychiatric Nursing Leadership/Administration
    • Patricia Vandewiel for excellence in Psychiatric Nursing Education

    With their passion and dedication to what they do, they set a wonderful example for the profession of psychiatric nursing.  

  • 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.

  • SUBSCRIBE TO NURSEONE.ca

    April 2, 2014

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

  • Education Day & Annual General Meeting

    February 13, 2014

    CRPNBC 2014 EDUCATION DAY
    May 9th, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
    View the Education Day poster.

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
    May 8th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    Executive Plaza Hotel, Coquitlam, BC
    For more information and to register, please click here.

  • NEW 3 YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN APPROVED

    December 5, 2013

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

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2 NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS: JANUARY 15, 2014

    November 25, 2013

    The John Alex Crawford scholarship is awarded to an RPN pursuing Master’s or Doctoral studies related to psychiatric nursing practice, and the Annette Osted National Student Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year of a baccalaureate psychiatric nursing program in Canada. For more information, click here.

  • TWO FEDERAL FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENTS AFFECTING RPNS

    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.

  • DISPENSING MEDICATIONS and PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY PRACTICE STANDARDS

    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.

  • PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: OUR PURPOSE, YOUR SAFETY

    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 (www.bchealthregulators.ca), province wide bus shelters, closed captioning television, posters, and select print media.

  • RPN SUPERVISION OF LPNs

    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).

  • EDUCATION DAY PRESENTATIONS

    June 7, 2013

    For those registrants who were unable to attend Education Day in Kelowna, we are pleased to provide links to the four power point presentations. They are:

    1. Scope of Practice Update
    2. Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Comprehensive Service Demonstration
    3. Professionalism & Social Media
    4. The Mental Health Act – A Guide for RPN’s
  • NEW PRACTICE STANDARDS (June 2013)

    June 1, 2013

    CRPNBC has published new Practice Standards for specific aspects of practice: Appropriate Use of Title, Consent, Documentation and Medication Administration. The former Standards for Registered Psychiatric Nurses has been renamed to Professional Standards for Psychiatric Nursing as the overarching standards for the profession. For the complete standards, click here

  • NEW SHARED PRACTICE STANDARD ON BOUNDARIES IN THE NURSE-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP

    December 20, 2012

    In collaboration with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of B.C. and the College of Registered Nurses of B.C., we are pleased to announce the publication of our first shared Practice Standard, Boundaries in the Nurse-Client Relationship. This joint Practice Standard is evidence of the shared values of nurses from all professional designations. Click here for the document.

  • NEW BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINE FOR ACCOMMODATING AND MANAGING BEHAVIOURAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS OF DEMENTIA IN RESIDENTIAL CARE

    November 27, 2012

    In February 2012, the Ombudsperson recommended that the Ministry of Health develop a provincial policy to guide the delivery of dementia care in residential care facilities.
    A copy of the Ombudsperson report, The Best of Care: Getting it Right for Seniors in British Columbia (Part 2), is available at: http://www.ombudsman.bc.ca/seniors.
    The Ministry of Health’s Guideline in response to the Ombudsperson recommendation is available at:  http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2012/bpsd-guideline.pdf

  • MINISTRY PROPOSES NEW REGULATIONS AFFECTING RPN PRACTICE

    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.

  • IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING PRE-POURING MEDICATIONS

    March 4, 2010

    The following resolution was passed at the March 4, 2010 meeting of the CRPNBC Board of Directors:Until such time as the CRPNBC can develop and adopt a position statement regarding pre-pouring medications, the College endorses the standards of safe medication distribution practices established by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and the CRNBC, and reinforces to all CRPNBC members that it is not safe to pre-pour medication and is contrary to both existing RPN training and practice standards.

 

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