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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.​​​​​

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  • 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
  • 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
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


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


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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