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COVID-19 for nurse practitioners

Dedicated resources for NPs

Keeping NPs apprised

Updated April 1, 2020

BCCNP staff and senior leadership are in regular contact with our colleagues at the Ministry of Health, the Provincial Health Officer, other regulators and health authorities. We are updating this page with any new information as soon as we receive it.

Notice regarding unproven treatments for COVID-19

Health professionals all have a responsibility to their patients and to their profession to focus only on evidence-based care and not yield to patient pressure around unproven and potentially dangerous uses of existing medications.

For NPs providing care in community settings

The Provincial Health Officer on March 23, 2020, issued an update outlining expectations for health professionals in B.C. when providing patient and client care in community settings.

For Controlled Drugs and Substances (CDS) prescribers

Health Canada is moving forward with regulatory exemptions to improve pharmacological and therapeutic options for allowing patients to access controlled medications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) prescribers

The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) has put together guidance for OAT prescribers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For MAiD providers

The BCCNP Board has made modifications to the standards, limits and conditions for practice respecting medical assistance in dying (MAiD) for nurse practitioners.

Guidance for certifying COVID-19 deaths

With the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a pandemic and subsequent increasing mortality from the virus worldwide, there is increased importance on certifying these deaths correctly.

 Regulatory practice consultation

​For further information on the Standards of Practice or professional practice matters, contact us:

  • Email practice@bccnp.ca
  • 604.742.6200 x8803 (Metro Vancouver)
  • Toll-free 1.866.880.7101 x8803 (within Canada only)