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PHO temporarily removes requirement for LPNs to have an order for nasal swabs

May 14, 2020

​The Provincial Health Officer has temporarily removed the requirement for licensed practical nurses to have a client-specific order prior to performing nasopharyngeal swabs. This change is effective immediately and will remain in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency in British Columbia.

LPNs can only perform this activity as part of a screening program ordered by the Medical Health Officer for their geographic area, and will need their competence assessed by their employer or the Medical Health Officer, as per the order. For LPNs not part of such a screening program, the previous BCCNP amendment of March 19, 2020 remains in effect and LPNs will still require a client-specific order.