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  • We are the College of Registered Nurses of B.C.

    CRNBC's legal oblig​ation is to protect the public through the regulation of registered nurses, setting standards of practice, assessing nursing education progr​​ams in B.C., and addressing complaints about CRNBC registrants.​

    Find out more about usRead our regulatory philosophy
  • Quality Assurance reflects a nurse's professional growth and l​e​arning

    By participating in CRNBC's Quality Assurance Program throughout the year, nurses demonstrate their commitment to maintaining their competence to practise.​​​​​

    Learn more about Quality Assurance 
  • Her sister needs nursing care. Should she provide it?

    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?

    See what Ling decides to doTake a look at our other case studies
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  • Reporting suspected impaired practice or narcotic diversion in the workplace

    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.

    Read the case studyLearn more about your reporting responsibilities
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Renewal is open!

Learn about what's new for 2018-19 registration renewal

The deadline to renew is Feb. 28, 2018.

Only nurses who hold practising registration can work or volunteer as a nurse. It is illegal to practise nursing without current registration.

Notices

Call for nominations  updated  
Feb. 14, 2018

Call for late resolutions  new! 
Feb. 14, 2018

Amendments to nursing regulations posted
for comment
 
Jan. 2, 2018

QA committee seeks public members
Nov. 16, 2017

Proposed bylaw amendment: Board
May 5, 2015

Public notices

Notice of hearing: Marilee Hansen new!
Feb. 15, 2018

Notice of hearing: Katey Mclellan new!
Feb. 13, 2018

Converted to non-practising: Khristoffer Caranoo new!
Jan. 23, 2018

Orders of the Discipline Committee:
Laurie Tinkham
 
Jan. 12, 2018

Converted to non-practising:
Gary Dromarsky
 
Dec. 22, 2017

Suspension: Jean Cunningham
July 26, 2017

Suspension: Jonathan Brereton 
Jan. 25, 2017

Past public notices

​​​​Latest news

Job alert: Legal Counselnew!
Feb. 15, 2018

New process for NPs ordering prescription
pads
new!
Feb. 14, 2018

Job alert: Registration Administratornew!
Feb. 9, 2018

Job alert: Business Analyst new!
Feb. 9, 2018

February edition of Nursing Matters now availablenew!
Feb. 9, 2018

Opioid agonist treatment prescribing standards for NPs come into effect Feb. 14new!
Feb. 7, 2018

Job alert: Regulatory Practice Consultant 
Jan. 8, 2018

2017 tax receipts now available 
Jan. 8, 2018

CRNBC reduces the 2018 registration renewal fee increase
Dec. 22, 2017

A response to nurses' fee increase feedback - blog from Board Chair and CEO/Registrar
Dec. 22, 2017

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Nurse-client relationships 

Warning signs: Do you know when you're crossing a boundary?

 

Alissa steps off the elevator and turns right, narrowly missing colliding with her colleague, Jim. "You’re not working today!" Jim says. "What are you doing here?" Feeling uncomfortable, Alissa is asking herself the same question. What is she doing here? She's never done anything like this before.

When she offered to bring lunch for Claire, it didn’t seem like a big deal, even though it was her day off. Now she's realizing it may be.

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Frequently Asked Question

Scope of practice

Question

What is the difference between pronouncement and certification of death? Can RNs or NPs do either?

Answer

Pronouncement of death is the opinion or determination that, based on a physical assessment, life has ceased. Although there are presently no laws in B.C. governing who can pronounce death, your employer may have policies and procedures related to this.

Certification of death refers to the completion of the death certificate identifying the cause of death. Currently, only physicians, nurse practitioners and coroners can complete and sign death certificates. Registered nurses cannot.

You can find more information on completing death certificates in the BC Government’s Handbook for Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Coroners.

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