B.C. government introduces bill to amend Health Professions Act
Posted Oct. 24, 2017
The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of B.C., the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of B.C. welcome today’s introduction of Bill 10, which will amend the Health Professions Act to enable our three colleges to co-create a new nursing regulator for B.C.
The bill’s introduction signals to our three colleges that Government believes our initiative is important and worthwhile, and the legislation to enable it is therefore a priority.
Benefits of one nursing regulator
We believe strongly that a single regulatory college for all nurses will foster collaboration between professionals, reduce complexity for the public, employers and professionals, and enhance public safety by facilitating more efficient and effective regulation of the nursing workforce.
The creation of one nursing regulator for B.C. will continue to focus on public safety by establishing one point of contact for nursing regulation in the province of B.C while streamlining services for nurses and other groups such as nurse educators and nurse employers throughout the province. This will create a unified regulatory voice and greater clarity around the professional roles and responsibilities of nurses.
This new college will allow for common standards where appropriate, and clearly differentiated scope standards where needed, for all nurses in the province. This will provide greater clarity around their professional responsibilities, while respecting and maintaining the differences between nursing disciplines.
One nursing regulator will break down silos in nursing regulation to better reflect the integrated working relationships already present in the workplace while establishing an environment that will allow the college to collaborate even more easily with other regulators/regulated health professionals. This will create even more opportunities to work towards and incorporate best practices in regulation.
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