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.
Documentation includes any written and/or electronically generated information about a client1 that describes the care or service provided to that client. Nurses2 document timely and appropriate reports of assessments, decisions about client status, plans, interventions, and client outcomes.
Documentation serves three key purposes:
Employers provide the organizational supports and systems necessary for nurses to meet the Standards of Practice.
If you are a nurse practitioner, review the Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners: Standards, Limits and Conditions to understand your additional documentation requirements. For More Information
Appropriate Use of Titles practice standard
Medication Administration practice standard
Privacy and Confidentiality practice standard
For more information on this or any other practice issue, contact BCCNP’s Practice Support Services by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.742.6200 or toll-free (Canada only) 1.866.880.7101.
Clients” include individuals, families, groups, populations or entire communities receiving nursing care or services from a nurse.
“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.
Nursing diagnosis is a clinical judgment of an individual’s mental or physical condition to determine whether the condition can be ameliorated or resolved by appropriate interventions of the nurse to achieve outcomes for which the nurse is accountable.
Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation,
Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation, and the
Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation, nurses have the authority to diagnose conditions. Registered nurses on the BCCNP-certified practice roster and nurse practitioners have additional authorities to diagnose diseases and disorders.
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