All BCCNP registrants are required to practice in accordance with the College's Standards of Practice (Professional Standards,
Scope of Practice Standards). The intention of this guide is to provide a checklist to help identify your primary responsibilities as a self-employed registered nurse or nurse practitioner so that you practise according to related legislation, regulations, bylaws and standards.
While BCCNP Standards of Practice,
bylaws, policies and guidelines apply to RNs and NPs in all practice settings, there are some aspects of these that have particular importance for RNs and NPs who practise in a self-employed role.
Each BCCNP registrant is accountable for the practice she or he provides to the public. BCCNP has developed resources to assist RNs and NPs to provide safe and ethical care. These resources are intended to support, not replace, the exercise of professional judgment of RNs and NPs.
It is strongly recommended that persons interested in self-employed practice contact the
Canadian Nurses Protective Society as well as consult a lawyer, accountant and/ or business consultant regarding contracts and business processes.
BCCNP is the self-governing body empowered under the Health Professions Act to regulate the practice of B.C.'s registered nurses and nurse practitioners.
BCCNP’s Standards of Practice set out practice requirements for all registered nurses and nurse practitioners and must be met by those in private practice.
Quality Assurance requirements are set out for RNs and NPs for their annual renewal of practising registration. These include:
Nurse practitioners must meet additional quality assurance requirements stemming from the legislated scope of nurse practitioner practice, which exceed those required for registered nurse practice. These include an on-site peer review and chart audit for quality assurance purposes.
Information management policies for self-employed RNs and NPs are guided by:
All individual practicing BCCNP registrants are required by BCCNP bylaws to have
Professional Liability Protection (PLP).
BCCNP registrants automatically become beneficiaries of the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) upon initial registration, and that status is renewed annually at registration renewal.
Seek legal advice prior to entering into a contract to provide nursing services. Consult with CNPS regarding PLP specific to your self-employed practice.
For further information on the Standards of Practice or professional practice matters, contact us: