Posted April 13, 2015
The Ministry of Health has taken a key step in proposing changes to the nursing regulations. These changes will clarify the scope of practice of the four nursing disciplines: licensed practical nurses (LPNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), registered nurses (RNs), registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs).
The proposed regulations are important in clarifying the restricted activities for each nursing discipline.
The proposed regulations also clarify the legal authority for NPs, RNs and RPNs to give orders to LPNs. The three nurse regulators (College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC, College of Registered Nurses of BC, College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC) are revising their scope of practice documents and developing a joint practice standard to help nurses in BC better understand their responsibilities when giving and receiving orders.
The three nurse regulators are pleased government is moving ahead to finalize changes to the nursing regulations, and believe it’s important to bring the regulations into force as soon as possible, knowing there will be an opportunity to make minor revisions later.
If you agree that government should move forward with this initiative, and/or you have suggested changes to the regulations, please submit them via email no later than July 9, 2015, to:
Director of Regulatory Initiatives,
Professional Regulation & OversightMinistry of Health