The four nursing designations — LPN, NP, RN, and RPN — are regulated by the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). Please note, the following content in the learning modules was orginally developed for RNs and NPs. The learning modules refer to the former college (College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).
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Web learning modules offer you a convenient way to learn. They allow you to learn at your own pace at any time of day. The modules are segmented into topic areas, so you can either complete the modules in their entirety or select a single topic area to focus on.
For added convenience, you can stop mid-way through the module and then later return to where you left off to continue your learning.
How comfortable and confident are you in recognizing, establishing and maintaining appropriate professional boundaries in your practice? Can you identify where a professional relationship ends and a personal relationship begins? Can you navigate ‘grey zones’?
This module tunnels down to the foundations that support therapeutic relationships and the potential slippery slope of boundary drifts, crossings and violations. Stories from nurses in variety of roles and practice contexts illustrate common boundary violations. Learn strategies on recognizing and preventing crossed boundaries.
Common boundaries violations»
Directives for professional boundaries»
Professional boundaries: A closer»
Thinking tool (PDF)
Professional boundaries resources (PDF)
Professional boundaries workbook (PDF)
Whether you’re an experienced nurse or newly-graduated, clinical decision-making skills are at the heart of any nursing practice. This self-paced module builds on your existing knowledge to strengthen your clinical decision-making skills.
Clinical Decision-making: A Closer Look»Defining Clinical Decision-making»Unpacking Clinical Decision-making: Frameworks»
confirm professional practice problems and clarify responsibilities for resolving problems
clearly communicate the problem using effective strategies and tools
identify and document evidence of the problem
use a collaborative process to create a plan of action to move forward
Communications in Practice»Considering Context in Effective Communication»
Effective Communication Key Element»The Nature of Communication»
Communication learning resources (PDF)Communications workbook (PDF)
The Controlled Drugs and Substances (CDS) learning module does not yet include information about NP scope of practice related to prescribing opioid agonist treatment (OAT) for opioid use disorder. For current information about NPs and OAT, visit:
The information about medical cannabis in the Controlled Drugs and Substances learning module is out of date. For current information about NP scope of practice and medical cannabis, visit:
This module provides
nurse practitioners with the relevant legislation and BCCNP competencies, standards, limits and conditions to prescribe controlled drugs and substances (CDS) in British Columbia.
CDS prescribing is a complex area of practice with high rates of morbidity and mortality associated with drug interactions, overdose and addictions. The competencies associated with this practice are distinct and beyond those related to prescribing generally. As such, the BCCNP Standard for CDS prescribing outlines a number of related conditions, including the requirement to successfully complete one of three foundational courses accepted by BCCNP in controlled drugs and substances prescribing and this CDS prescribing learning module.
This module builds on the foundational course NPs take on CDS prescribing. It includes information and activities designed to support NPs in:
Do you know what you need to document when you consult with other care providers? Or how much charting is enough? These are just a few of the types of questions we can help you answer with the Documentation in Nursing Practice learning module.
Documentation: An Overview»Approaches to Documentation»Characteristics of Effective Documentation»Common Errors in Documentation»Directives for Documentation»
Documentation learning resources (PDF)Documentation workbook (PDF)
Are you an internationally educated nurse who has never been registered in Canada? If so, this learning module is for you.
We have put together this short module to walk you through the application process. We've included important information to support your journey in applying to be a practising registered nurse in British Columbia. In addition, this module explores some important aspects of nursing in British Columbia. You'll learn about self-regulation and how BCCNP plays a role in nursing regulation.
Jurisprudence is a legal term that refers to the study or knowledge of law. Nursing jurisprudence is law that relates specifically to nursing practice. All nurses should be familiar with the laws and legislation that affects their practice.
This module examines how jurisprudence applies to a nurse's practice. The module takes about 1.5 hours to complete. There are several case studies, related resources and self-quizzes to help nurses learn about jurisprudence. The jurisprudence module is suitable for nurses at any stage of their nursing career.
Starting in September 2016, all BCCNP applicants must complete the jurisprudence module and declare
on their registration application that they've completed the module.
There is no formal test or quiz required to meet BCCNP's RN registration requirements.
Jurisprudence resources (PDF)
Jurisprudence workbook (PDF)
In this module, you'll learn how to translate and apply the standards to your practice while exploring the current issues related to medication administration.
Overview»Common Errors» Directives»Effective Processes»
Medication administration resources (PDF)Medication administration workbook (PDF)
Our Privacy & Confidentiality in Nursing Practice learning module is an essential tool for any nurse wanting to avoid the pitfalls of social media missteps. This self-paced module guides you through the issues related to privacy and confidentiality in nursing practice.
Directives for Privacy and Confidentiality»Special Considerations»Challenges Related to Privacy and Confidentiality»
Privacy & confidentiality learning resources (PDF)Privacy & confidentiality workbook (PDF)
BCCNP Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners are foundational to any nurse’s practice. In 2012 we updated the Professional Standards to reflect today’s nursing environment. This self-paced learning module takes you through the principles to help you apply them to your nursing practice.
Standard 1: Professional Responsiblity and Accountability»Standard 2: Knowledge-based Practice»Standard 3: Client-focused Provision of Care» Standard 4: Ethical Practice»
Professional standards workbook (PDF)Professional standards resources (PDF)
Quality Assurance in Nursing Practice learning module explores the three main components of the BCCNP QA program for RNs and NPs: Self-Assessment, Feedback, and Professional Development. It also walks you through BCCNP QA program using reflective and goal-setting activities.
This a great learning tool for anyone who wants learn more about how quality assurance and the BCCNP QA program for RNs and NPs.
One of the most difficult challenges a nurse can face is having to address unsafe nursing practice. There are legal and ethical issues to consider, and often these situations are complicated and emotional. This self-paced module aims to help you work towards the most effective and positive outcome.
Overview on Taking Action»Taking Action: Systems and Processes»
Taking action learning resources (PDF)Taking action workbook (PDF)
When nursing came under the Health Professions Act (HPA) in 2005, many registered nurses wondered how provincial legislation affected their practice. The answer is that the HPA — through legislation — defines the scope of practice for RNs.
Understanding Scope of Practice learning module provides information and tools to help you explore the scope of practice standards for registered nurses. It begins with an overview of legislation and regulation and how these affect the RN scope of practice. The module highlights restricted activities that are outlined in the regulation in order to increase your understanding of how these apply to your practice.
In addition, there are learning activities throughout the module that provide an in-depth exploration of the
Scope of Practice Standards
for RNs with a focus on:
Your increased knowledge will enhance your understanding and ability to apply BCCNPs standards, limits and conditions related to scope of practice as it pertains to your own practice setting and competence.
Understanding scope learning resources (PDF)
Understanding scope workbook (PDF)
Whether working with students as learners or as Employed Students Nurses (ESNs), RNs already supervise students in both these roles. However, nurses in education and clinical settings have asked for more clarity around RN and NP responsibilities. Therefore, the Regulatory Supervision and Employed Student Registrant Practice Standards were introduced to define these responsibilities. These practice standards help everyone understand their role when working with student learners and ESNs. It guides the process nurses choose to use with students and clarifies their accountabilities. To help put these new Standards into practice, we produced the Working with Students learning module.
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