Posted Dec. 14, 2015
On December 3, 2015, the BC government made effective revised nursing regulations for B.C. nurses.
The three B.C. nursing regulators—the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC, the College of Registered Nurses of BC, and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC—welcome the revised regulations.
These new regulations define the scopes of practice of licensed practical nurses (LPNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), registered nurses (RNs), registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) and also clarify the restricted activities for each.
Although the new regulations have come into effect, there will be a transition period as the three colleges work collaboratively to revise their respective scope of practice documents and develop integrated practice standards. The colleges will also be working closely with registrants, employers and other stakeholders to ensure changes affecting practice are clearly communicated.
Existing scopes of practice for each nursing group remain unaffected until changes are communicated from each regulator. If you have questions about the new regulations, contact your college.
Over the coming weeks and months, the three colleges will provide resources and supports to nurses, employers and other stakeholders as the changes are integrated.
We welcome questions or feedback—please email
You can review the revised regulations on the Ministry of Health website (scroll down to the Approved Regulation Amendments table):