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

Carina Herman,
Executive Director/Registrar
Cynthia Johansen
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


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