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Opioid crisis resource centre

BCCNP news and resources related to the opioid crisis

During this public health crisis, registered nurses and nurse practitioners are working in new ways with other health care providers, first responders, service groups, non-profit organizations, volunteers and others to provide care.

Nurses work in the best interests of clients to prevent morbidity and mortality in these complex and changing situations, recognizing that some methods and approaches to service provision are new and emerging.

As a nurse, you are responsible for providing the best nursing care possible under the circumstances, setting priorities, using your critical thinking and professional judgement, and participating in efforts to improve clinical care.

 FAQs

I work with overdose prevention services and sometimes sites and conditions are not ideal. A colleague told me that working in these situations puts my "licence at risk". Is this true?

It's important to remember that even in situations where you cannot provide optimal client care due to circumstances beyond your control (such as working without adequate resources, in an unfamiliar area, or with an increased client load), you can still meet the Professional Standards. These situations are usually beyond a nurse's individual control and often require a systems approach for resolution.  

As a nurse, you are responsible for providing the best nursing care possible under the circumstances, setting priorities, using your critical thinking and professional judgement, communicating with your employer, and participating in efforts to improv​e clinical care. The Duty to Provide Care practice standard provides more information and guidance.

For the college to initiate an investigation into an individual nurse's actions or conduct arising from their work in overdose prevention services, the nurse would have to be the subject of a complaint. Complaints of this nature are very rare.

More about the complaints process​

We recognize that taking part in investigations is an uncomfortable process, but also integral to the privilege of belonging to a self-regulated profession. An investigation is a neutral information gathering process and not intended to be punitive.

When investigative findings show evidence to support that the provision of care fell below the expected standard, the nurse's conduct or competence is considered on a continuum of risk. This ranges from human error => at-risk behaviour => reckless behavior => bad intent. Systemic factors are considered in this assessment.

Conduct or competence that is considered human error or at-risk behaviour is generally remediated where necessary. However, where evidence supports that behaviour was reckless, there was bad intent or intent to harm, disciplinary action is considered. More information about BCCNP's professional conduct review process is available here.

BCCNP regulatory practice consultants available to respond to, speak or meet with you if you have any questions. Reach us at practice@bccnp.ca or 1.604.742.6200 (toll free 1.866.880.7101)​

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​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)