Dispensing Medication

Nursing Standards > Nursing Standards and Resources > Dispensing Medication

The new Dispensing Medication practice standard comes into effect June 27, 2014.

The practice standard outlines the expectations for RPNs when they dispense, and clarifies:

  • When dispensing occurs.
  • That RPNs may dispense with or without a pharmacist’s involvement.
  • That RPNs have additional responsibilities when a pharmacist is not involved.
  • The steps RPNs take to ensure the pharmaceutical and therapeutic suitability of a medication for its intended use.

The Dispensing Medications Decision Tree is a tool to help guide RPNs when dispensing medications and is used in conjunction with the Dispensing Standard.

Dispensing Medications Decision Tree

Are you dispensing?

What can you do to get ready?

Review the dispensing standard, and

  • Think about how you will incorporate these changes into your practice.
  • Discuss your thoughts with colleagues.
  • Review your agency policy.
  • Share your ideas and suggestions with your manager and educator.


Contact CRPNBC’s Practice Consultant by email at [email protected] or call 604.931.5200 or 1.800.565.2505.


Comments are closed.