Updated August 28, 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.
The provincial health officer (PHO) has received reports of children and adolescents in British Columbia presenting with a syndrome that could have been COVID-19 associated Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C). While no case has been linked to COVID-19, it is important that we track this closely to inform parents and clinicians about this syndrome in B.C.
Therefore, the PHO has hereby provided notice of a duty to report each suspected incidence of MIS-C and information about each incidence to the medical health officer in your regional health authority.
Read the official notice here.
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.
The Provincial Health Officer on May 15, 2020, issued an update outlining expectations for health professionals in B.C. when restarting patient and client care in community settings.
Health Canada has introduced regulatory exemptions to improve pharmacological and therapeutic options for allowing patients to access controlled medications during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) has put together guidance for OAT prescribers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The BCCNP Board has made modifications to the standards, limits and conditions for practice respecting medical assistance in dying (MAiD) for nurse practitioners.
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.
For further information on the Standards of Practice or professional practice matters, contact us: