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Change to NP Scope: CDS self-injection

Posted Oct. 2, 2017

The CRNBC board on Sept. 29 approved a change to the Nurse Practitioner scope of practice relating to prescribing controlled drugs and substances for self-injection by the client. The board approved removing the limit, “Nurse practitioners do not prescribe controlled drugs and substances for self-injection by the client” (p. 26 of Scope of Practice for NPs.)

There are three areas where this limit was creating a regulatory barrier that impacted client access to the most appropriate drug and route of medication administration:

  1. transgender care,
  2. opioid use disorder, and
  3. pain.

This change takes effect Nov. 1, 2017. The scope document will be updated accordingly.

Email practice@crnbc.ca if you have questions.

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