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Summer 2014

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Vol. 9, No. 2

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Reading time: 3 mins

Regulation Matters
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Nursing updates

Registration updates

Supports for nursing practice

Governance updates

Nursing updates

Duty to provide care emergency exemption

We recently revised the Duty to Provide Care practice standard. The emergency exemption now states that nurses do not provide care outside their scope of practice except in situations involving imminent risk of death or serious harm that arise unexpectedly and require urgent action.

Additionally, the standard clarifies that employers and nurses should not rely on the emergency exemption when an activity is considered an expectation of practice in a particular setting. Read more

Expectations for nurses when they dispense medications

The revised Dispensing Medications practice standard comes into effect on June 27th. It outlines expectations for nurses when they dispense and clarifies:

  • when dispensing occurs,
  • that nurses may dispense with or without a pharmacist's involvement,
  • that nurses have additional responsibilities when a pharmacist is not involved, and
  • the steps nurses take to ensure the pharmaceutical and therapeutic suitability of a medication for its intended use.

Registration updates

Changes to employed student registration

The new Confirmation of Enrolment and Employment form (form 10.1) now requires applicants to collect both school enrolment information and employer information.

Supports for nursing practice

2 new resources for your nurse employees

We have new online resources to support nurses in applying the standards to practice and providing safe, competent and ethical care.

Boundaries: Can your nurse employees spot where a professional relationship ends and a personal one begins? Can they navigate 'grey zones'? Nurses will be interested in the many case studies in this module.

Professional development: This resource explores self-assessment, feedback, and professional development with reflective questioning and goal-setting activities. It's a great learning tool for anyone who wants to learn more about ongoing professional development through our Quality Assurance Program.

Our website is getting an upgrade

Next month we'll launch our redesigned website. You'll find the same great content, plus better features such as an improved search engine. Please upgrade your Internet Explorer browser to version 8 or newer to access the new website. You can also visit our website using Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox.

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 updates

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

Read our annual report

Our annual report is now online, with highlights from the year and statistics about our work as a health profession regulator. Read the report (PDF)

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