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Fall 2014

CRNBC | College of registered nurses of British Columbia


Regulation Matters

A resource for employers of registered nurses and nurse practitioners.

Fall 2014
In this issue
Joint statement on dispensing
Standardizing public notices
Case study: What were the warning signs?
Registration updates
Nursing updates
Most popular
Questions from nurses
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Colleges issue joint statement on dispensing

CRNBC and the College of Pharmacists of B.C. developed a joint statement on dispensing medications which addresses shared scopes of practice and nurse dispensing.

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Colleges agree to standardize public notices

B.C.'s 22 health profession colleges recently agreed to standardize the publication of notices of action taken under the Health Professions Act regarding complaints.

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Case study: What were the warning signs?

Nurses like how our case studies translate the standards to practise. This case study considers a challenge many health care professionals face; knowing the signs, and when and how to act.

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Registration updates

Changes to employed student registration

Students are now required to collect school enrolment information as well as employer information. Read requirements

New application process for internationally educated nurses

Initial applications for registration from internationally educated nurses are now reviewed by the National Nursing Assessment Service. The service brings a consistent, national approach to evaluating IEN applications. Read more

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Nursing updates

Professional Support Program to be retired

The arrival of email, social media and the Internet fundamentally changed how we communicate with our volunteers and nurses in BC. The goals of the Professional Support Program are still relevant, but how we achieve them has changed dramatically. As a result, we will retire this program at the end of 2014. Read more

Revised dispensing standard now in effect

This standard outlines the expectations for nurses when they dispense. Read more

Tuberculosis screening

The BC Centre for Disease Control updated the decision support tools and competencies for TB screening. We subsequently updated the Scope of Practice for Registered Nurses: Standards, Limits, Conditions. Read more

More nursing updates

Certified practice DST survey results
Important WCB changes for NPs coming in January
Nursing Excellence Awards
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 NEWS  Dispensing Medications Practice Standard revised
 NEWS  Duty to Provide Care Practice Standard updated
 SUPPORTS  Navigating boundaries
 SUPPORTS  Professional development
 NEWS  2013-14 Annual Report
 SUPPORTS  Early Intervention Program
Questions from nurses
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I think I have the flu. If I call in sick, the unit will be short-staffed. Can I work?

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What's the difference between pronouncement of death and certification of death?

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December OSCE

The next Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE), for family and adult nurse practitioner candidates is on Sunday, December 7.

Complaints resolution

The majority of complaints are resolved through a consensual resolution process. View summaries of resolved complaints


Verify registration

Verify the registration status of new RN or NP employees through our verification service.

Early Intervention

Employers can refer nurses to our Early Intervention Program (Health), for nurses with any illness that could affect their ability to provide safe patient care.

Regulation Matters is a quarterly resource for employers of registered nurses and nurse practitioners in B.C. It contains timely information about nursing regulation and issues relating to our mandate that may impact your work.

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