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RN Scope standards: new and revised

CRNBC has revised two RN scope standards and introduced a new scope standard

Updated March 3, 2017

Posted Oct. 4, 2016

In December 2015, government approved changes to the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners regulation. CRNBC has been working since then to incorporate these changes in our standards of practice.

What are the most recent changes?

We are introducing a new scope of practice standard for RNs and updates to two existing standards. We've made some language changes and introduced a new concept—giving client-specific orders.

Getting ready for the new scope standards

Do not panic! These new scope standards are not coming into effect until Feb. 28, 2017.

CRNBC will be rolling out resources and supports in the months leading up to the in-effect date to help nurses and employers understand and apply the standards. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to start getting familiar with these new concepts.

Remember: your employer may put additional requirements into place.

At its September 2016 meeting, the CRNBC Board also directed that the Providing Clinical Directions practice standard be rescinded and replaced by the Giving Client-specific Orders scope of practice standards. The practice standard is no longer available on the CRNBC website.


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