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Winter 2013

Regulation Matters, Fall 2012

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Vol. 8, No. 1
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Regulation Matters
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IN THIS ISSUE

March 1 is the renewal deadline

New Standard on Boundaries for all B.C. nurses

Dispensing & Administering Unscheduled Drugs

Self-assessment becomes part of RN renewal

32 nurses to receive excellence awards

Q&As on the new nursing exam development

News about nurse practitioners

Early Intervention Program (Health)

Connect with the College


March 1 is the renewal deadline

Use our online nurse verification service to check the registration status of registered nurses and nurse practitioners after March 1 and throughout the year, whenever you have a new hire. To check the status of multiple employees, paste bulk registration numbers into "search by registration number."


New Standard on Boundaries for all B.C. nurses

As a result of collaboration by the nursing colleges of B.C., our province's nurses now share a common Practice Standard on Boundaries. Read more


Dispensing & Administering Unscheduled Drugs

The College of Dietitians of B.C., the College of Pharmacists of B.C. and CRNBC confirm that when recommended by a dietitian as part of a therapeutic diet, pharmacists may dispense unscheduled drugs (vitamins and minerals) and registered nurses may administer them. Read more


Self-assessment becomes part of RN renewal

Registered nurses will complete a self-assessment based on the Professional Standards when they renew this year. After renewal, nurses will receive a personal report based on their self-assessment. The report will suggest resources for ongoing learning. Self-assessment responses from the whole RN group will be compiled and made available.


32 nurses to receive excellence awards

The Board of the College is delighted to announce this year's CRNBC Nursing Excellence Award recipients. A ceremony will be held on April 18 in Vancouver.


Q&As on the new nursing exam development

We've posted questions and answers about national exam development, content, administration and educator and student preparation.


News about nurse practitioners

NPs and medical marijuana

Health Canada has proposed regulatory changes to its medical marijuana program. Be advised that NPs cannot prescribe narcotics and controlled substances.

NPs now included in driver medical exam form

As of last August, the driver medical examination form can be completed by nurse practitioners. While the form has been revised to include NPs, the new version will not be in circulation until the current stock is depleted. Meanwhile, NPs may cross out 'Physician' and write 'Nurse Practitioner.'

The latest OSCE

The NP OSCE was held on January 27 for family and adult NP applicants. Results are expected to be released by the end of March.


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. A nurse's involvement in the program is not noted on the CRNBC register. Read about the program


Connect with the College

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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. Please forward Regulation Matters to colleagues who may be interested in its content. We welcome comments and questions.  
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