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.
Nurses1have ethical and legal responsibilities to protect clients’ privacy and the confidentiality of clients’ personal and health information. When clients entrust their information to a nurse, they expect and rely on it being kept confidential.
Federal and provincial legislation protects a person’s right to privacy and confidentiality of personal and health information. The specific legislation that applies to a nurse’s practice depends on the work setting and the nature of the work. The
BCCNP Bylaws (specifically Part 8) provide additional direction.
Employers and self-employed nurses are responsible for providing the necessary supports and systems to meet the legislated requirements for the collection, storage, use, and disclosure of personal and health information.
For more information on this or any other practice issue, contact BCCNP’s Practice Support Services by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.742.6200 or toll-free (Canada only) 1.866.880.7101.
Nurse refers to the following BCCNP registrants: registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed graduate nurses and employed student registrants.