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Fall 2013

Regulation Matters, Fall 2012

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Vol. 8, No. 5
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Regulation Matters
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IN THIS ISSUE

Project to develop national approach for NP licensure

Medication dispensing standard revised

RN scope of practice change

Consultations on prescribing controlled substances

Nearly half of nurses are actively planning for retirement

Registration News

New supports for nursing practice

Governance Update


Project to develop national approach for NP licensure

In support of a national approach for nurse practitioner licensure/registration, the Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators has launched a project to analyse nurse practitioner practice across Canada.


Medication dispensing standard revised

We made important revisions to the Dispensing Medications Practice Standard, which was introduced in 2009 and last revised in 2010.


RN scope of practice change

There is a new limit/condition that outlines the requirements for RNs who administer immunoprophylaxis for respiratory syncytial virus infection.


Consultations on prescribing controlled substances

The draft standards, limits and conditions created by our Nurse Practitioner Standards Committee were reviewed this fall. We had a good level of interest in the consultations, with educators of nurse practitioners, nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner leads in the health authorities taking part. We will report our findings in the next issue of this newsletter as well as in a future issue of Nursing Matters.


Nearly half of nurses are actively planning for retirement

We surveyed nurses in August about their retirement plans. Nearly half (46%) of the 5,007 nurses who took part in the survey said they are planning for retirement. Read survey results


Registration News

Next OSCE is in December

The next Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) for family and adult nurse practitioner candidates will be held on December 8.

Are your nurse employees registered?

When you have new RN or NP employees, check their registration status through our nurse verification service.


New supports for nursing practice

New learning resource for medication administration

We launched a web module to support nurses in applying the medication administration standard to practice.

New professional development planning resources

We've posted reflective questions, tips for setting SMART goals, a sample plan and templates. See resources

Nurses' questions answered

We've created a bank of question and answers for nurses' questions about applying the standards. For example, "In our facility, we provide residents with medications when they leave on day pass. What's our responsibility when we do this?" Read our answer

Early Intervention Program (Health)

Employers can refer nurses to this program, which is for nurses with any illness that could affect their ability to provide safe patient care.


Governance Update

Board News

Mary Kjorven, RN is our new Board Chair and Gwen Herrington, RN is our new Board Vice-Chair. They began one-year terms on September 27, 2013. View Board

Public awareness campaign: Our purpose, your safety

The 23 health colleges want the public to know how important it is for their regulated health professional to be licensed and meet all requirements. The BC health regulators recently completed a six-week public awareness campaign called Our purpose, your safety.

Read resolved complaints online

Under B.C. law, health profession colleges in B.C. must publicly post the outcome of disciplinary proceedings that result in actions against health professionals. View summaries of resolved complaints

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    Regulation Matters is a resource for employers of registered nurses and nurse practitioners in B.C. The quarterly newsletter contains timely information about nursing regulation and issues relating to the mandate of CRNBC that may have an impact on your work as an employer of registered nurses and nurse practitioners. Subscriptions are free. We welcome comments and questions.  
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