Practice Standards set out requirements related to specific aspects of nurses’ practice. They link with other standards, policies and bylaws of the BC College of Nursing Professionals and all legislation relevant to nursing practice.
A conflict of interest occurs when a nurse’s1 personal, business, commercial, political, academic or financial interests, or the interests of the nurse’s family or friends, interfere with the nurse’s professional responsibilities or a client’s best interests. A conflict of interest may exist whether or not a nurse is actually influenced by the competing interest. The conflict of interest may affect nurses in any practice setting.
A conflict of interest can be actual, potential or perceived and may or may not lead to negative outcomes. An actual conflict of interest is one that has already occurred or currently exists. A potential conflict of interest is one that could possibly develop in the future. A perceived conflict of interest occurs when others perceive that a conflict of interest may influence a nurse’s judgment.
In some cases there may be laws specifically preventing a conflict of interest from taking place. For example, in Part 3 of the Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act, a nurse who is a "manager" of a facility (as defined in the Act) is not permitted to act as a substitute decision maker for a friend/family member, even if they would normally qualify, if the client is seeking admission to the manager's care facility. Ensure you understand the legislation relevant to your role.
“Nurse” refers to all
BCCNP registrants, including: licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners,
registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed graduate nurses,
employed student nurses, and employed student psychiatric nurses.
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