BCCNM | September 2020
New prescribing standard for RNs & RPNs
The BCCNM board approved new standards, limits, and conditions for prescribing medications and limits and conditions for prescribing buprenorphine/naloxone to treat opioid use disorder. These new standards, limits, and conditions come into effect on Oct. 26, 2020 and apply to both RNs and RPNs.
New medication practice standard for nurses
The BCCNM board has approved a new Medication practice standard for all nurses. This new standard comes into effect on Oct. 26, 2020.
Revised scope of practice standards for RNs & RPNs
The BCCNM board approved two revised scope of practice standards for both RNs and RPNs: Acting Within Autonomous Scope of Practice and Acting With Client-Specific Orders. These revised standards come into effect on Oct. 26, 2020.
13-month registration year for nurses in 2021-2022
When LPNs, NPs, RNs and RPNs renew their registration in January/February 2021, they will renew for 13 months. This additional month of registration will enable the BCCNM nurse registrant renewal period to move to February and March in 2022.
New virtual supports for rural healthcare providers
A new initiative is now available to support rural healthcare providers. Real-Time Virtual Support (RTVS) pathways provide physicians, midwives, nurse practitioners, and nurses in rural, remote, and First Nations communities with access to 24-hour, just-in-time advice to support patient care.
Nurses encouraged to complete cultural safety training
The San'yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training is a unique, on-line program designed to enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work both directly and indirectly with Indigenous people. This program is particularly relevant in light of the ongoing investigation into allegations of racism in our province's ERs.
Two revised LPN scope of practice standards
The BCCNM board approved two revised scope of practice standards for LPNs: Acting Within Autonomous Scope of Practice and Acting With Client-Specific Orders. These revised standards harmonize principles for LPN, RN, and RPN practice, while recognizing differences in scopes of practice. When these revised standards come into effect on Oct. 26, 2020, they will replace the existing Acting without an Order and Acting with an Order scope of practice standards.
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