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Practice Standards


Practice Standards set out baseline requirements for specific aspects of registered psychiatric nurses’ practice. They interact with other requirements such as the BCCNP RPN Standards of Practice, the BCCNP Bylaws and relevant legislation.

The Scope of Practice Standard for RPNs: Autonomous Scope of Practice and Client-specific Orders support each practice standard and outline the requirements for RPNs when they are acting within autonomous scope of practice, acting on client-specific orders and giving client-specific orders.

Standard title Last Updated
Appropriate Use of Title Sep 29, 2017
Boundaries in the Nurse-Client Relationship Jan 23, 2013
Conflict of Interest Feb 01, 2016
Consent Sep 29, 2017
Dispensing Medications Dec 08, 2016
Documentation Jun 29, 2018
Duty to Provide Care Sep 29, 2017
Duty to Report under Health Professions Act Sep 29, 2017
Employed Student Psychiatric Nurse Registrants Sep 29, 2017
Medication Administration Apr 01, 2016
Privacy and Confidentiality Sep 29, 2017
Regulatory Supervision of Psychiatric Nursing Student Activities Sep 29, 2017

 Notices

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2018.06.29: The Documentation Practice Standard was updated to remove part of item (m) under Applying the Principles. The item formerly read “Safety event reports: Safety event reports are for quality improvement purposes. Keep them separate from the client record and do not make any reference to a safety event report in the client’s record.” It now reads “Safety event reports: Safety event reports are for quality improvement purposes; keep them separate from the client record.” Please speak to your employer if you have any questions about documenting safety event reports.

*2017.09.29: Please note that the Boundaries, Conflict of Interest, Dispensing Medication and Medication Administration practice standards have not yet been updated to align with new scope of practice standard Autonomous Scope of Practice and Client-specific Orders. For example, the practice standards may still reference the previous Acting with an Order and Acting Without an Order practice standards. Until such time, please refer to and follow the new scope of practice standard Autonomous Scope of Practice and Client-specific Orders.​

 Need help or advice?

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

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