5 Tips for Understanding the Scope of Practice Standards

Scope of practice standards establishes the standards, limits and conditions for Registered Psychiatric Nurses’ (RPNs) practice. These scope of practice standards link to other standards, policies and bylaws of CRPNBC and all legislation relevant to psychiatric nursing practice.

The Autonomous Scope of Practice and Client-specific Orders Standards are now in effect.

These standards outline the requirements for RPNs when they are providing client care in the following ways:

  • Acting within autonomous scope of practice
  • Acting with client-specific orders
  • Giving client-specific orders

We’ve made some language changes and introduced the concept of giving client-specific orders. We’ve put together an overview to help you understand the changes to the scope standards and to consider how they will apply in your practice. It’s important to read the Scope of Practice Standards: Autonomous Scope of Practice and Client-Specific Orders in full.

5. Consider your practice context

Consider your practice setting, interdisciplinary team and organizational supports.

Ask yourself:

  • What conditions do I diagnose and treat or prevent?
  • What organizational supports and resources are in place to support me?
  • Do I currently act on direction from non-listed health professionals?
  • In what situations would I obtain a client-specific order from a non-listed health professional?
  • Do I currently give direction for client-specific care to other health care providers/professionals?
  • In what situations might I give a client specific order?

What’s next?

Be aware that although these are in effect, your practice will not change until your organization puts policies and supports in place.


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