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Practice standard harmonization: work begins

Feb 8, 2019

On Feb. 4, 2019, BCCNP marked its five-month anniversary. It's been a time of transition for college staff, as well as our board and committee members, but we're settled in and ready to start the work of harmonizing some of our standards.

One of the benefits of being a single college is that policy work is much more integrated across the nursing designations, allowing us to ensure new and revised standards work for everyone. First on our list is a group of four practice standards.

Harmonized standards, distinct designations

The work that all nurses do—LPNs, NPs, RNs and RPNs—has many similarities, but also varies widely. As we begin this work to harmonize standards, individual nursing designations will continue to be respected. The harmonization will reflect the shared understanding and approach among nursing designations, with consideration for the four scopes of practice.

We're starting with standards that are already very similar across the nursing designations:

  • Documentation practice standard
  • Duty to Provide Care practice standard
  • Duty to Report practice standard
  • Privacy & Confidentiality practice standard

Feedback from nurses

Input from nurses is an integral part of this process. Staff have already conducted jurisdictional reviews (reviewing other colleges' standards), reviewed and analyzed relevant changes to provincial legislation, and consulted a variety of stakeholder groups. Now we want to hear from registrants.

We'll be sending out four surveys over the next couple of weeks. These surveys are an important opportunity to review the draft harmonized standards and provide feedback. Contributing to standard development is one of the privileges of being a self-regulating profession, so we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

Feb. 18-28:

  • Survey #1: Privacy & Confidentiality practice standard
  • Survey #2: Duty to Provide Care practice standard

March 4-15:

  • Survey #3: Duty to Report practice standard
  • Survey #4: Documentation practice standard

Keep an eye on your inbox!


We always appreciate hearing from nurses. If you have questions or comments, drop us a line at


There are already two shared practice standards: Boundaries in the Nurse-Client Relationship and Conflict of Interest.

To view all the standards: