Nursing Standards & Resources

RPNs are responsible for reading CRPNBC publications to ensure they are aware of their current legal, professional and ethical responsibilities. The first section below sets out essential requirements that underpin and guide RPN practice. The second section sets out resources that support practice.

Essential Requirements

RPN Regulation
Entry-Level Competencies
Scope of Practice
Professional Standards
Practice Standards
Code of Ethics (PDF)

Practice Support
Delegating to Unregulated Care Providers (2001)
Diagnosing and Treating Conditions
Dieticians’ Authority to Recommend Vitamins and Minerals for Therapeutic Diets
Dispensing Medication Case Scenario
Ethical Issues
Emergency Exemption Case Scenario
Employed Student Registrant Practice Responsibilities
Financial Incapability Assessment Information
Fitness to Practice
High Quality Practice Environment for Registered Psychiatric Nurses (2007)
Immunization Resources
Legislation Relevant to Nurses
Independent Practice/Self-employment
Medical Assistance in Dying
Restraint and Seclusion
Resolving Professional Practice Concerns Information (PDF)
Retention of Health Records Information
Scope of Practice Standards – 5 Tips For Understanding RPN Scope

Links to Practice Resources
BC Guidelines (Clinical Practice Guidelines) – Ministry of Health
Health Care Providers’ Guide to Consent to Health Care (PDF) – Ministry of Health (PDF)
Mental Health & Substance Use Information & Publications – Ministry of Health
Pandemic Influenza (including Decision Support Tool for RNs and RPNs) – Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Privacy and Information Sharing Resources – Canadian Mental Health Association
Reporting Child Abuse in BC (Government of BC)
Secure Rooms and Seclusion Standards and Guidelines: A Literature and Evidence Review – Ministry of Health
Suicide Prevention: Online module for Nurses – Mental Health Commission of Canada
Supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities & Mental Illness – BC Open Textbooks
Trauma-Informed Practice Guide – BC Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use Planning Council (PDF)

Other Related Organizations
Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada
BC Ministry of Health
BC Health Regulators
Association of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC
BC Coalition of Nursing Associations
Yukon Department of Community Services (RPN Licensing in the Yukon Territories)


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