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 Winter 2019  

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What you need to know about LPN registration

This year, LPNs will renew for an additional 2 months (14 months total) in order to align the renewal periods of all nursing designations. The new registration year begins on Jan. 1, 2020; be sure to confirm that your LPN employees are registered to work.

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BCCNP and College of Midwives to amalgamate; proposed regulation reform

On Nov. 27, the Ministry of Health outlined a proposal which includes a reduction in the number of health profession regulatory colleges from 20 to five. Earlier this year, we entered into discussions with the College of Midwives of BC to consider amalgamating into a single regulator. We have now received government support for this amalgamation. 

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MAiD clarification: valid requests and 10 clear days

Before a MAiD practitioner provides medical assistance in dying, they must ensure there are at least 10 clear days between the day the request was signed, either by the patient or their proxy (day 0) and the day on which medical assistance in dying is provided (day 11 or later).

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Standards updates

The BCCNP Board has approved a number of new and revised standards of practice including harmonized Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Scope of Practice standards for LPNs, RNs and RPNs; MAiD Scope of Practice standards for NPs; and Professional Standards for RPNs.


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New practical nurse exam for B.C. and Ontario will roll out in 2022

BCCNP and the College of Nurses of Ontario are collaborating to develop a new entry-to-practice exam for practical nurses - the REx-PN. It’s based on current practice, focused on client safety, and will ensure nurses who enter practice have the knowledge, skills and judgment needed at the beginning of their careers.

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Discipline order: Shannon Whieldon, RN

It was determined that Ms. Whieldon practised incompetently, did not meet BCCNP standards, and committed professional misconduct.

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