posted Oct 8, 2014
The B.C. government plans to bring the
Statutory Property Guardianship Regulation into force on
December 1, 2014. This will permit RNs and NPs to:
This is a new authority for RNs and NPs. Currently, only physicians are authorized to carry out and sign off on these assessments. In practice, however, RNs and NPs are currently involved in this work.The new Regulation sets out:
Under the Regulation, only physicians are authorized to undertake the medical assessment.
The Regulation requires that we establish standards, limits or conditions that would apply to nurses conducting these assessments. During the summer we consulted with registrants and other stakeholders to do so.
RNs* and NPs may conduct the functional component of a financial incapability assessment if they:
*RNs have an additional requirement to meet prior to performing such assessments, in that they must also complete additional education related to clinical practice in this area.
Health authorities are working with the Ministry of Health to provide on-site education over the fall.
If you work in a health authority and anticipate doing these assessments, please contact your manager for further information.
Links to the online course and guidelines are expected to be available later in October.