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Standards update: MAiD, RPN Professional Standards

Dec 3, 2019

The BCCNP board on Nov. 28, 2019 approved the following new and revised standards of practice:

These revised standards will come into effect Jan. 3, 2020.


When the three legacy nursing colleges amalgamated in 2018 to form BCCNP, the college set a goal to harmonize standards where possible between the various nursing designations. One of the gaps identified was the lack of medical assistance in dying (MAiD) standards for LPNs, who may be in a position to aid in the provision of MAiD.

Review of the existing RN and RPN standards provided an ideal time to review the standard, harmonize the language and ensure the guidance was the same for the three designations, given the similarity of roles. And, while harmonized, these standards still reflect the distinct scope of practice for each nursing designation.

Medical Assistance in Dying Standards for Nurse Practitioners

Following feedback about the existing MAiD scope of practice standard for nurse practitioners, changes were made to improve the readability of the standard and use terminology that more closely reflected current nurse practitioner practice.

Professional Standards for Registered Psychiatric Nurses

In 2017, the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (now BCCNP) began work with the Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada to jointly review and update the Professional Standards for registered psychiatric nurses. These standards were developed through 2018, surveyed to RPN registrants in October 2018, reviewed further, and approved by the RPNRC Steering Committee in August 2019.

These standards are intended to better reflect the modern practice environment and provide more utility to registrants, educators and regulators.