Over the past two months,
BCCNP has begun work to harmonize our standards. As part of the consultation process, we sent surveys out in February to enable nurses to provide feedback on the first four draft harmonized practice standards.
Thank you to the over 4,100 nurses who took the time to share their feedback. The comments from LPNs, NPs, RNs and RPNs clearly demonstrated the engagement and interest nurses have in their practice and the standards. Overall, nurses found the harmonized standards clear and easy to understand.
We received a number of thoughtful comments about the absence of content related to cultural safety for First Nations and Aboriginal people. As a signatory to the
pledge to cultural safety and humility, BCCNP is committed to making our health system safer for First Nations and Aboriginal people, and we are working on a comprehensive approach to incorporate these concepts into all BCCNP standards of practice in a meaningful way.
We also heard that nurses want more concrete examples of how the standards apply in different situations, and a request for more definitions, across all four standards. Below is some feedback relating to individual standards.
The BCCNP Board needs to approve the four harmonized standards before they go into effect. Approval is anticipated in June 2019.
It's important to note that the harmonization of these four standards does not constitute a full review, and we may not be able to address all of this feedback at this time. However, we feel it's important to share these results with nurses, so they know what their colleagues are saying and that we are listening.
Each of these standards will be reviewed over the coming months and years as part of regular revisions, and this feedback will inform those revisions as well.