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March 2015

CRNBC | College of registered nurses of British Columbia


Nursing Matters

RN Edition

March 2015

Features In this issue
Liability insurance change
What is the value of the College?
Case studies
Nursing updates
Most popular
You asked
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Liability insurance change

As of March 1, 2015 professional liability protection insurance services that we previously provided are now provided by the Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC).

We will continue to provide regulatory practice consultation on matters such as applying the standards of practice and bylaws to self-employment or volunteer nursing roles. ARNBC now provides services related to insurance coverage, claim support and certificates of insurance.

In addition, we changed the professional liability protection insurance coverage for NPs. All NPs registered as practicing with CRNBC will be individually covered up to $10 million (within the limits of the insurance policy). In the past, NPs were covered up to $10 million, with an aggregated cap for all NPs of $20 million. Each NP now has coverage  for up to $10 million, regardless of any other NP claims in the given year.

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What is the value of the College?

In her latest blog, our Registrar/CEO shares some of the results of a recent nurses' survey. Plus, how do your registration fees compare to those in other provinces? We have the numbers.

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Avoiding a client

Photo © Veer/fotoluminate

Nico tried to build a rapport with his new client, but elderly Mr. Stedman brushed aside his efforts. Find out what Nico did next.

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More case studies

Ethical boundaries on Facebook
Taking pictures of clients: is it ever okay?
Practice challenge for a public health nurse
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Medical marijuana

As a reminder, NPs in BC cannot currently issue the medical document for clients to get medical marijuana.

We have posted information online about controlled drugs and substances prescribing.

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More nursing updates

Opioid prescribing resources for NPs [link opens slowly]
NP practice analysis project FAQs
Supreme Court decision on physician-assisted death
Nursing Matters (RN and CP editions)
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David Kruyt joins board
Latest NCLEX newsletter
Board minutes
Professional conduct notices
Nursing education programs - proposed bylaw change
NP Standards Committee - prescribing - proposed bylaw change
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 BLOG  Why should you trust the College?
 CASE STUDY  Forgetting to renew: what if it happens to you?
 NEWS  Nurse practitioners receive excellence awards
 YOU ASKED  I am a nurse practitioner working in a physician's private fee-for-service office. The physician is submitting MSP billings for services I provide. Is CRNBC concerned about these billing practices in this care model?
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Can RNs or NPs issue the medical document for clients  to get medical marijuana from  a licensed medical marijuana producer?

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Can NPs prescribe drugs approved in Canada that contain synthetic cannabinoids, e.g., Nabilone?

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