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Standards update: Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act

Feb 5, 2020

The BCCNP Board on Jan. 23, 2020, approved amendments to several BCCNP standards to align them with Part 3 of the Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act (HCCCFAA), which came into effect on November 4, 2019.

Nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and registered psychiatric nurses can now act as "prescribed health care providers" for the purposes of determining capability to consent to admission to a care facility. As such, limits and conditions have been put in place assessment to determine whether an adult is capable of consenting to admission to, or continued residence, in a care facility, as defined by the Act.

Additionally, minor updates were made to the practice standards Boundaries in the Nurse-Client Relationship and Conflict of Interest to reflect changes imposed by Part 3.

For background on these changes to the HCCCFAA, please see BCCNP's Oct. 8, 2019 announcement.

Review the revised standards

The revised standards will come into effect March 1, 2020. You can review the revised standards below: