The BCCNM board on Sep. 29, 2022, approved revisions to the Scope of Practice for Registered Nurses and Scope of Practice for Registered Psychiatric Nurses related to prescribing. These changes take effect Nov. 7, 2022.
The changes to the RN and RPN prescribing standards, limits, and conditions clarify requirements for prescribing, including when the standards apply, who is authorized to prescribe and what conditions must be met before prescribing. In particular, the differences between 'prescribing' and 'giving a client-specific order' for a medication are now more evident.
The amendments to RN and RPN prescribing standards, limits, and conditions:
It is imperative to note that BCCNM-approved education related to prescribing is not yet available. Education specific to prescribing is required prior to existing RN(C)s acting as an RN(C) prescriber. Organizations will need to implement processes to support RN(C) prescribing. In the meantime, RN(C)s are still authorized to administer and dispense medications using current processes established by their employer(s). Read more >