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Bill 41

The B.C. government affirms nurse practitioners' scope of practice.

posted May 2, 2012

BC Government Affirms NP Scope of Practice

On May 1, 2012, the provincial government introduced new legislation to ensure nurse practitioners (NP) can be fully utilized in the BC health care system and practice to their full scope.

Bill 41 – 2012: Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2012 was introduced for first reading yesterday in the BC Legislature by Attorney General Shirley Bond. Part 6 of the legislation amends the Health Professions Act so that the Labour Mobility Act does not apply to nurse practitioners.

“British Columbians can be secure in the knowledge that the high standards they have come to expect from all of our province’s nursing staff are being upheld by this change,” says CRNBC Registrar and CEO Cynthia Johansen.

The change reinforces CRNBC’s belief that the level of testing required in B.C. to become a nurse practitioner helps ensure all NPs are competent and qualified patient care providers. Read the legislation here.

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