THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS FOR PSYCHIATRIC NURSING The
Professional Standards for Psychiatric Nursing describes, in broad terms, the expected level of performance of all registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs). These were developed for national use by the Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada and adopted by CRPNBC (now BCCNP) in March 2010.
Professional Standards, along with the Code of Ethics, address the overarching professional requirements for all RPNs practicing in B.C. Under each standard there are a number of indicators that help determine how to meet the professional standard. The indicators are representative but not comprehensive for each standard.
Registered Psychiatric Nurses establish professional, interpersonal, and therapeutic relationships with individuals, groups, families, and communities.
A Registered Psychiatric Nurse:
Registered Psychiatric Nurses apply and integrate theory-based knowledge relevant to professional practice derived from psychiatric nursing education and continued life-long learning.
Registered Psychiatric Nurses are accountable to the public for safe, competent, and ethical psychiatric nursing practice.
STANDARD 4: PROFESSIONAL ETHICS Registered Psychiatric Nurses understand, promote, and uphold the ethical values of the profession.
Boundaries Boundaries are limits that protect the space between the professional’s power and the client’s vulnerability. Boundaries define and separate professional roles from other roles. Boundaries are the limits that allow a safe connection between a professional and a client and are always based on the client’s needs (Peterson, M. 1992).
Continuing competence Continuing competence is the ongoing ability of an RPN to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, judgment, and interpersonal attributes required to practice safely and ethically in a designated role and setting.
Cultural safety Cultural safety addresses the diverse mental health needs of people living in Canada by communicating and practicing in a way that respects and takes into account the cultural, social, and political, linguistic, and spiritual realities of the people with whom one is working (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2009).
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