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Addition to RN Scope of Practice: delegation of syphilis

For certified practice nurses employed by BCCDC

posted Oct. 13, 2016

The CRNBC Board at its September 2016 meeting approved the addition of infectious syphilis to the existing delegation held by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) for the diagnosis and treatment of proctitis, epididymitis and pelvic inflammatory disease.

The following change to RN scope has been approved by CRNBC and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.

Registered nurses may diagnose and treat infectious syphilis disease through delegation from a physician only if:

  • the client is unwilling or unable to seek care from a physician or nurse practitioner; and
  • the registered nurse is CRNBC-certified in Reproductive Health or Reproductive Health – Sexually Transmitted Infections; and
  • the registered nurse diagnoses and treats a minimum of three clients per year with each of these syndromes; and
  • the registered nurse is employed by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

This change will come into effect Nov. 14, 2016. You can review revised Scope document on p. 37.

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