Emergency Exemption

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Have you ever thought about whether it might be acceptable to practice outside your scope in an emergency situation?

Section 14 of the Health Professions Act allows health professionals to give first aid or temporary assistance to another person in the case of an emergency if that aid or assistance is given without gain or reward or hope of gain or reward.

The CRPNBC Scope of Practice for RPNs: Standards, Limits and Conditions (page 8) further defines this exemption.

RPNs must provide care only within RPN scope of practice except in a situation involving an imminent risk of death or serious harm, arising unexpectedly and requiring urgent action: RPNs are ethically obligated to provide the best care they can, given the circumstances and their individual competence.

Review the situations below.

Be informed – review the CRPNBC Scope of Practice for RPNs: Standards, Limits and Conditions (page 8)

If you have any questions, contact a CRPNBC Practice Consultant by email at [email protected] or by phone at 604.931.5200 or 1.800.565.2505.

 

 

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