Current Notices

  • The Benefits of a Single Nursing Regulator for BC Nurses

    December 5, 2017

    The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of B.C. (CLPNBC), the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. (CRNBC) and College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of B.C. (CRPNBC) are working with government to co-create a new nursing body that will replace our existing colleges.

    Currently, having three colleges means nurses in B.C. may be subject to different regulatory requirements, including quality assurance, registration and standards of practice. A new college will be able to make the regulatory process simpler by setting consistent standards for nurses across the province while respecting the differences between nursing disciplines.

    The creation of a single nursing regulator also strengthens our three colleges’ commitment to accessibility, and ensures that nursing regulation in British Columbia is collaborative and cohesive, and supports nurses to deliver the best care possible.

    View the additional benefits of a single nursing regulator (PDF)

  • Bill to amend the Health Professions Act receives Royal Assent

    November 6, 2017

    Paves the way for the creation of a single nursing regulator for B.C.

    B.C.’s three nursing colleges are pleased to report that Bill 10, the Health Professions Amendment Act, received royal assent on Nov. 2 in the B.C legislature and is now law.

    This momentous event clears the way for B.C.’s three nursing colleges—the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of B.C. (CLPNBC), the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. (CRNBC) and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of B.C. (CRPNBC)—to begin the formal legal process of co-creating a new nursing regulator for the province.

    Read full announcement (PDF)

  • Issues with email notifications

    October 27, 2017

    We are currently doing some work on our database system, which may affect the email notifications applicants and registrants receive from CRPNBC when they:

     

    • submit applications
    • make changes in My Record, and
    • submit their annual Continuing Competence Review form

    Delivery of these emails may be delayed, may be routed to junk mail folders, or may not arrive at all. We are working to resolve this issue. We apologize for this inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.

  • Call for Education Program Evaluator Team

    October 4, 2017

    CRPNBC is seeking a team of evaluators (minimum 2 members) to review a psychiatric nursing education program in British Columbia. The review will be carried out under the direction of the CRPNBC Registration Committee, in accordance with the CRPNBC Recognition Process for Psychiatric Nursing Educational Programs. Please click here for further information, including how to apply. Applications will be accepted until October 26, 2017.

  • Update to CRPNBC Practice Standards

    September 29, 2017

    Eight CRPNBC Practice Standards have been updated so that the language used in them is the same as that found in the recently released standard, Scope of practice standard: Autonomous Scope of Practice and Client-specific Orders. More information on professional standards and resources can be found here.

  • Update to the Professional Standards for Psychiatric Nursing

    July 21, 2017

    The CRPNBC Professional Standards for Psychiatric Nursing have been updated with a new indicator which re-states, in clear language, the positive responsibility placed upon Practicing registrants to maintain their own fitness to practice. This can be found in Standard #3: Professional Responsibility, indicator #8.

    More information about this new indicator and what it means for RPNs is available on CRPNBC’s website. Please visit our new webpage, Fitness to Practice.

  • Canadian Nurse Regulators’ Forum

    July 13, 2017

    The inaugural Forum of Canadian Nurse Regulators was held July 6 in historic Montreal, Quebec.

    Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs), and Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) regulators met for the first ever gathering of nurse regulators in Canada to learn more about the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR), Canadian Council for Registered Nurse Regulators (CCRNR) and the Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada (RPNRC) and to exchange knowledge and information.

    Common priorities and issues were explored as potential opportunities for nurse regulators to work together in the public’s interest.

  • CRPNBC Annual Report 2016-2017

    July 11, 2017

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

  • Blanket Ceremony strengthens culturally safe partnership between FNHA and BC Health Regulators

    June 22, 2017

    CRPNBC was one of 23 different health profession regulators in BC who came together with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) to participate in a Blanket Ceremony.  Here’s the story as described by the FNHA.

  • CRPNBC 2017 Board Elections

    May 11, 2017

    In September 2017 the terms for three CRPNBC board members will expire. Registrants will need to elect three RPNs to fill the upcoming vacancies. Nominations are open until June 16, 2017. Ballots will be mailed to registrants by July 14 and must be returned to the office by August 11, 2017. The nomination form and an outline of the election process can be found here.

  • National Nursing Week – May 8th-14th

    May 8, 2017

    During Nursing Week CRPNBC would like to recognize the expertise, dedication, and hard work of RPNs in B.C. Your commitment to caring, health promotion, and illness prevention makes a vital contribution to the mental health of the residents in B.C.

    The staff at CRPNBC will be attending nurse appreciation week celebrations on May 9th for the VCH Vancouver Community Event at VanDusen Gardens (Floral Hall) from 2:00-4:00 pm and at Vancouver Hospital on May 11th from 9:00 am -2:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you.

  • CRPNBC Annual General Meeting Friday, 16 June, 2017

    May 8, 2017

    This year’s AGM will be held from 12 – 1pm both in person, at 2502 St. Johns Street, Port Moody (Conference room next to unit 208), and via webinar. Please let us know if you will be attending the AGM in person via email to [email protected] or fax: 604.931.5277 by Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Light lunch provided. The agenda includes the reports from the Board of Directors, the Registrar, and our auditor.

    Webinar access: 1. Log in to the webinar for the visual presentation at https://crpnbc.adobeconnect.com/agm/ 2. Dial 1-877-314-1234 and enter code 3141418# for the oral presentation.

    The office will be closed from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

  • CRPNBC Commits to Cultural Safety

    April 11, 2017

    On March 1, 2017, CRPNBC was one of 23 health profession regulators in BC to pledge its commitment to making our health system more culturally safe for First Nations and Aboriginal People.  The commitment reflects the priority need to address systemic racism and discrimination towards First Nations People that can result in inappropriate treatment and barriers to access.

    In signing the Declaration of Commitment, CRPNBC and the other health regulators are signalling an expectation of change among health professionals so that all indigenous and aboriginal peoples will experience the culturally safe and effective care they deserve.  The declaration consists of three main pillars:

    • creating a climate for change
    • engaging and enabling stakeholders
    • implementing and sustaining change

    Cultural safety is already an entry level competency expected of RPNs, but the aim is to embed culturally safe practices in all aspects of health profession regulation.  The Declaration commits the health regulators to report on progress through annual reports, outlining strategic activities and accountability measures. The Declaration is endorsed by the First Nations Health Authority and the Ministry of Health.

  • New Resources to Support RPNs with the Scope of Practice Standards

    March 14, 2017

    Check out our 2 webpages on “Diagnosing and Treating Conditions” and “5 Tips For Understanding the Scope of Practice Standards“.

    Both webpages will help you understand your responsibilities when acting within autonomous scope of practice and giving client-specific orders and acting with client-specific orders.

    Questions?  Contact Gail Ancill, Practice Consultant.
    [email protected]

  • Scope of practice for RPNs: Standards, Limits and Conditions

    February 28, 2017

    The document Scope of Practice for RPNs: Standards, Limits and Conditions has been revised and is effective Feb. 28, 2017. The revised document includes the scope of practice standard Autonomous Scope of Practice and Client-specific Orders, and new terms and visuals to reinforce the concepts. Other revisions include:

    • Changes to the limits and conditions on giving client-specific orders.
    • Updated information on prescribe and giving client-specific orders related to medication.
    • Changes to limits and conditions on some section 6 and 7 restricted activities; specifically changes in the wording or removal of limits and conditions related to stable clients, established care needs, physiological conditions expected to follow an anticipated path, and well established sites. See Limits and Conditions on Restricted Activities.

    Questions? Contact Colleen Calderwood, Practice Manager, [email protected]

  • RPN Scope of Practice Standards Effective Feb. 28, 2017

    February 28, 2017

    The scope of practice standard Autonomous Scope of Practice and Client-specific Orders consists of three standards:

    • Acting within Autonomous Scope of Practice.
    • Acting with Client-specific Orders.
    • Giving Client-specific Orders.

    The scope of practice standards replaces to two practice standards (Acting with an Order and Acting Without an Order) and introduce a new concept: giving client-specific orders.

    Learn more about what this means for you here.

  • Changes to Naloxone

    February 13, 2017

    On January 26, 2017, the BC Minister of Health amended the Health Professions General Regulation and Pharmacy Operations and Drug Schedule Act-Drug Schedule Regulation to allow anyone to administer naloxone to someone appearing to be suffering from an opioid overdose regardless of whether or not they are in a hospital setting in accordance with federal laws. In response to these changes, effective Feb, 13, 2017 CRPNBC has:

    • Removed all limits and conditions on unscheduled naloxone for the treatment of a suspected opiate overdose. Further details can be found here.

    Questions? Contact Gail Ancill, Practice Consultant, [email protected]

  • Results of Survey on One Nursing Regulator for BC

    January 30, 2017

    In September 2016, the three BC nursing regulators (CRPNBC, CRNBC and CLPNBC) invited stakeholders to take a survey about the three colleges joining to form one nursing college. We received almost 2,400 responses from nurses, staff and other stakeholders.  The survey results have provided us with valuable and sufficient feedback to move forward with the creation of one nursing regulator while keeping stakeholders’ concerns in mind.  We invite you to learn more by reading the summary report here.

    The survey findings and video (about the role of a regulator) are posted to onenursingcollege.ca

  • New Assessment Service Evaluates Competence of Internationally Educated Health Practitioners

    January 5, 2017

    January 4, 2017 marks the launch of the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS), a new assessment service for internationally educated health practitioners (IEPs) applying to register in British Columbia. Effective immediately, the NCAS assessment replaces the Substantially Equivalent Competence (SEC) assessment used by CRNBC for RN applicants.

    NCAS provides competence-based assessments that evaluate the skills of an IEP applicant against competencies required for entry-level practice in the province. If gaps are identified, it will assist in determining what education is required to transition to practice in B.C.

    NCAS is a collaborative effort by:

    • BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry (the “Registry”)
    • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC (CLPNBC)
    • College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC)
    • College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC), and the
    • Ministry of Health.

    The NCAS Assessment Process

    The NCAS assessment process provides IEPs with the opportunity to demonstrate their nursing competencies that may not be reflected in an assessment solely based on their education.  The assessment has three parts:

    • Computer-based component
    • Simulation Lab component
    • Oral Clinical Decision-making component

    The computer-based component can be written in more than 100 countries around the world, while the simulation lab and oral assessment are offered at Langara College in Vancouver. For information about the three components, please see www.ncasbc.ca.

  • Duty to Provide Care – New Practice Standard

    December 15, 2016

    CRPNBC is pleased to announce the latest practice standard – Duty to Provide Care. This practice standard outlines the RPNs responsibilities for the provision and withdrawal of care. This practice standard can be found under Nursing Standards & Resources, Practice Standards, and takes effect immediately.

    Questions? Contact Gail Ancill, Practice Consultant at [email protected]

  • Changes to Naloxone

    December 7, 2016

    In response to the opioid overdose public health emergency, CRPNBC has:

    • changed the limits and conditions on unscheduled naloxone and Schedule I naloxone for the treatment of a suspected opiate overdose. Further details can be found here.
    • revised the Dispensing Medication practice standard. You can review the updated practice standard here.

    Questions? Contact Gail Ancill, Practice Consultant, [email protected]

  • CRPNBC Fee Increase in 2017

    November 2, 2016

    The following increase to registration fees will be in effect from March 1, 2017 (with all other fees remaining as is):

     

    • Practicing registration: from $430 to $460 per year
    • Interim registration: from $35 to $38 per month
    • Employed Student registration: from $35 to $38 per month

    Those on a Pre-Authorized Debit plan will see an additional $30 charge in February 2017 to cover the increased fee.  Starting in March 2017, the monthly charge will be $38.33, with a debit of $38.37 in the 12th month.

    Even with the increase, CRPNBC fees will continue to be the lowest of the RPN regulators in Canada, and lower than most RN regulators.

    For more information about the fee increase, click here.

  • Changes on the way: RPN Scope of Practice Standards

    October 6, 2016

    We’re introducing a new scope of practice standard for RPNs and updates to two existing standards to reflect changes in regulation and introduce a new concept: giving client-specific orders. But don’t panic! These scope standards are not coming in effect until Feb. 28, 2017. Learn more about timelines and what this means for you here.

  • News from BC and Ontario Nursing Regulators

    August 31, 2016

    Recently, senior staff from CRPNBC, CRNBC and CLPNBC met with the leadership team of the College of Nurses of Ontario to discuss opportunities for collaboration in our regulatory work.  Click here for more details.

  • New Limit on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

    June 15, 2016

    On June 9, 2016, the CRPNBC Board of Directors made the decision to place a temporary limit on medical assistance in dying as follows:

    At this time, RPNs must not participate in or support medical assistance in dying (MAiD) and any related activities, whether self-administered or administered by a Medical Practitioner.

    More information can be found in the Nursing Standards and Resources section of our website here. CRPNBC plans to engage in a review and consultation process regarding the role of RPNs in MAiD and will keep registrants updated.

  • Three nursing colleges joining to co-create new regulator

    June 14, 2016

    The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of B.C. (CRPNBC), the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. (CRNBC) and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of B.C. (CLPNBC) are excited to announce we are all working toward forming a common regulatory body to replace our existing organizations.

    report, completed by Western Management Consultants (WMC) earlier this year, confirms a number of benefits of forming a single nursing college. This business case was commissioned by our boards to explore the advantages, risks and benefits of forming a single regulatory body.

    In the coming months, CRPNBC, CRNBC and CLPNBC will be launching a consultation process to get feedback from the nursing community and other stakeholders.

    Read more….

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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].

  • New Scope of Practice Document for BC RPNs in effect March 18, 2016!

    February 17, 2016

    On March 18, 2016 the CRPNBC Scope of Practice for RPNs:  Standards, Limits and Conditions will be in effect. Until then, the existing RPN scope of practice remains in place.

    The new Scope document contains most of the existing RPN scope of practice but also has additional information, including the new restricted activities from the Regulation and the related CRPNBC standards, limits and conditions.

    Until March 17, 2016 RPNs continue with existing RPN scope of practice and do not implement new practice, including the new restricted activities. As per the controls on RPN practice, RPNs need to comply with all employer policies regarding their practice; in the absence of employer policies, RPNs need to contact their employer. Registrants who have questions about the new Regulation or RPN scope of practice should contact the CRPNBC office or Colleen Calderwood at [email protected].

  • New Regulations for BC Nurses!

    December 14, 2015

    On December 3, 2015, the government brought into effect revised nursing regulations for BC nurses – a much awaited and welcome event!  The new regulations define and clarify the scopes of practice and restricted activities for each nursing group, including RPNs.  Click here for a joint announcement from the three BC nursing regulators providing more information.

    Although a new regulation for RPNs is now in effect, the existing RPN scope of practice continues until CRPNBC has communicated any changes.  This will be done initially in a Scope of Practice document that CRPNBC plans to publish in the new year after the end of January.

  • One Nursing Regulator in BC?

    December 14, 2015

    CRPNBC continues to explore opportunities for collaboration with CRNBC and CLPNBC.  The 3 colleges have retained WMC consultancy to do a preliminary business case study that explores the formation of one nursing regulator in BC, while retaining each nursing discipline.  The purpose is to obtain more information to determine if one nursing regulator makes financial and regulatory sense.  The report, expected to be completed in early 2016, will serve as a starting point for more discussions.  If we go further down this road, CRPNBC is committed to consulting stakeholders and providing timely updates.

  • REGISTRANTS WORKING IN NWT & NUNAVUT

    October 14, 2015

    Effective March 1, 2016, CRPNBC will no longer provide Practicing registration to RPNs working in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, with one exception.  Click here for more information about this change.

  • Three nursing colleges strike task group to explore shared office space, working together

    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.

    Continue reading →

  • EBOLA INFORMATION AND UPDATES

    October 19, 2014

    For complete information, including primary care guidelines, please visit the Provincial Health Officer website at www.health.gov.bc.ca/pho.

  • 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.

  • DIETICIANS’ AUTHORITY TO RECOMMEND VITAMINS AND MINERALS FOR THERAPEUTIC DIETS

    April 2, 2013

    When recommended by a dietician as part of a therapeutic diet, pharmacists may release Schedule III and unscheduled drugs and nurses may administer them. Click here for the full joint statement issued by the Colleges of Dieticians, LPNs, Pharmacists, RNs and RPNs.

 

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