CRNBC's legal obligation is to protect the public through the regulation of registered nurses, setting standards of practice, assessing nursing education programs in B.C., and addressing complaints about CRNBC registrants.
By participating in CRNBC's Quality Assurance Program throughout the year, nurses demonstrate their commitment to maintaining their competence to practise.
Case study: Ling's sister is being discharged from hospital and will need nursing care at home. Ling, an RN, knows her family will want her to be involved in her care. But would it be the best approach for everyone involved?
Justin has worked with Kelsey for the first time in a few months, and he’s worried about the changes he sees in his colleague. Her behaviour makes him concerned for patient safety.
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Thom's helped out at the youth center before, but being the only nurse at the outdoor program is different; he’s never done anything like this, and wonders if he’s ready.
What does Thom need to consider before accepting the job?
What is the difference between a client-specific order and a Registered Nurse Initiated Activity (RNIA)?
order is an instruction or authorization given by a regulated health professional to provide care for a specific client. Registered nurses require orders to carry out activities within Section 7 of the RN Regulation. When nurses carry out activities by acting with orders, they meet the
Standards for Acting with Client-specific Orders.
In contrast, an RNIA is a type of
decision support tool (DST), supporting nurse-initiated activities. DSTs are evidence-based documents that support nurses to provide standardized, consistent and safe patient care when acting within their
autonomous scope of practice.
These tools guide nurses in assessing, diagnosing and treating and/or preventing specific client conditions, illnesses or injuries, within their autonomous scope and individual competence. Other terms for DSTs include:
These tools set the organizational policy and procedure for performing activities, congruent with the standards, limits and conditions established by the CRNBC. When nurses carry out activities following RNIAs, they meet
Standards for Acting with Autonomous Scope of Practice, including assuming sole accountability and responsibility for their decisions and actions.